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13 February 2004
COPTHORN HOMES IS AHEAD OF THE GAMES
With the Olympic Bid now launched to host the 2012 Olympics the focus is now on London’s East End, although Copthorn Homes is already ahead of the game. Construction is already well underway at Urban Island in Bromley-by-Bow, an exciting new development of just 47 contemporary and spacious one and two bedroom apartments within the historical conservation area of Three Mills Island, next to the famous film studios.
Situated just five minutes from Canary Wharf and within easy reach of the City and Central London in Three Mill Lane, Urban Island offers an unusual tranquil location on this historic island.
Maximising the development’s ‘green appeal’ and its waterside setting, Copthorn Homes has commissioned renowned landscape architect David Fountain* to optimise the use of the communal podium to create a spectacular and inspiring place to relax.
David has used elements surrounding Three Mills Island within his design, such as replicas of the old gin stills and the creation of a river effect with hard materials. The garden is above the underground parking and works around the gin stills with decking and a curve effect is created using a contrast of shingle and paving, symbolising the curve of the River Lea on which the development sits. As this area is communal, it is important that it is low maintenance and bold planting ensures this.
Sharp, eye-catching exterior design is at the heart of all the developments in the Copthorn Homes portfolio, and this striking landmark building is no exception. Arranged over seven floors with three internal lifts, the building has many key external features which sets it apart from its neighbours, including the use of stepped and varying roof heights to provide depth and proportion and galvanised steel balconies, cedar wood panelling add to the dramatic, sleek lines.
Extensive, full height glazing is a particular feature of any Copthorn home, capturing and retaining all the natural light to enhance the feeling of space internally. At Urban Island, glazing is used in abundance in the individual apartments as well as the communal staircases.
Urban Island has a high specification throughout. Kitchens have stylish Smeg stainless steel appliances set in jasmine white contemporary units with stainless steel handles. Hardwood oak timber strip flooring in the kitchen and living areas finishes the effect. Bathrooms have white suites, walnut vanity units and chrome fittings with stylish tiling to compliment the look.
Urban Island’s tranquil setting is not compromised by practicalities or convenience, less than a five minute walk is a 24-hour Tesco and Bromley-by-Bow underground station which connects with the Hammersmith and District Lines. Stratford BR Mainline and Bow Church and Devon’s Road Light Docklands Railway stations are also within a 10 minute walk. Throughout the East End there is an irresistible choice of traditional East End pubs and eateries alongside more sophisticated restaurants, pavement cafes, bars, and clubs and an eclectic mix of shops.
Three Mills Island is serviced by a fully developed network of roads linking the development to the A13, the North Circular and the M11. City Airport is about 20 minutes away by taxi and Heathrow Airport can be reached on the tube network.
The marketing suite can be contacted on 0208 215 3377. Alternatively, visit the website at ww.urbanisland.gb.com
Copthorn Homes is part of Countryside Properties PLC.
David Fountain has gained a reputation for his imaginative schemes with many awards for designing and planting numerous hard and soft landscapes in urban and rural areas. He has received recognition from Professor David Bellamy and Chris Baines.
He also designs award winning fantasy gardens at RHS shows including an ‘Alice in Wonderland Garden’ and more recently ‘Bilbo Baggins Hobbit Garden’ from Lord of the Rings assisted by Kim Wilde and Julie Toll.
David has also gained the Guinness Book of Records for Transplanting the tallest tree in the world with Kim Wilde and he lectures for the BBC on a variety of gardening subjects.
Picture: CGI of the roof terrace at Urban Island, Bromley-by-Bow, a development by Copthorn Homes.
Further media information: Issy Lowndes
Gritti partnership plc
0870 444 4568
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Information correct as at 13/02/2004