Mini Manhattan

Hueck has supplied products for a ground-breaking project, which has been dubbed east London’s ‘Mini Manhattan’.

London City Island, a development in Canning Town, combines commercial and residential buildings and, within a few years, will also be home to the English National Ballet and the London Film School.

Just 20 minutes from the centre of London, the development is expected to draw in young professionals and the creative elite.

The 12-acre island is funded by Irish billionaire Sean Mulryan, with buildings designed by Glen Howells Architects and construction by Ballymore Developments.

Work is rapidly progressing on the construction of the brightly coloured residential properties, which are modelled after the colourful apartment blocks typical of Manhattan or Chicago. Hueck UK has supplied its profile for most of the windows and doors installed in the 1,700 apartments.

Leon Friend, managing director of Hueck, said: “Large floor to ceiling windows transcend the barriers between inside and outside to offer spectacular city views and bring in the tropical gardens outside.”

Most of the units making up the residential towers were prefabricated in a factory in Holland and shipped to the UK.

“Lack of space in the city, restrictions on lorry loads and emissions targets means developers are looking to alternative construction methods,” Leon said. “Clients are also looking beyond traditional construction methods and are demanding higher standards for costs, schedule and quality.

“Off-site construction solves these issues and provides a cost-effective and quick way of delivering both commercial and residential projects in the city.”

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