250 City Road

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250 City Road
250 City Road.jpg
Artist's impression of 250 City Road
General information
StatusUnder construction
Architectural styleModern
Address250 City Road
Town or cityLondon, EC1
CountryUnited Kingdom
Coordinates51°31′43″N 0°05′45″W / 51.5287°N 0.095736°W / 51.5287; -0.095736
Construction started2015 (phase one)
Opening2017 (phase one)
Architectural150 m (492 ft)/137 m (449 ft)
Technical details
Floor count42/36
Design and construction
ArchitectFoster + Partners

Coordinates: 51°31′43″N 0°05′45″W / 51.5287°N 0.095736°W / 51.5287; -0.095736

250 City Road is a residential-led scheme under construction in the borough of Islington, London, designed by Foster + Partners and developed by Berkeley. It was given planning permission in 2014 by the then London Mayor Boris Johnson after being rejected by Islington Council.

The site in 2014

Phase one started in 2015. Upon completion, the development will have two towers of 42 and 36 storeys, 930 apartments and a 190-room hotel.


In 2011, developer Berkeley acquired the 1.9 hectare 250 City Road site, which had been a business park since the 1980s. The site came with planning permission, granted in 2010, for a new development designed by BUJ Architects. The proposal included a 27 storey tower, 700 homes, offices as well as retail and restaurant space. However, Berkeley started work on new plans in collaboration with architect firm DSDHA.[1]

In 2012, architects Foster + Partners took over the design for the new scheme.[1] In 2013, Berkeley applied for planning permission for the development but it was rejected by Islington Council. In December 2013, London Mayor at the time, Boris Johnson, reviewed the decision and gave the development approval in April 2014.[2][3]

The proposals include two towers of 150 m (509 ft) and 137 m (449 ft) containing 42 and 36 floors, with the taller building named Carrara Tower.[4][5] In total, the development will have 930 apartments as well as a 190-room hotel, office and retail space.[6]


Phase one of the development, which includes the construction of the tallest tower, began in March 2015 and is expected to be completed in December 2017.[3]

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rogers, David. "Foster's replaces DSDHA on London housing job". bdonline.co.uk. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  2. ^ Morby, Aaron. "Go-ahead for two more Berkeley Homes London towers". ConstructionEnquirer.com. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Laing O'Rourke cements £40m 250 City Road towers win". Building.co.uk. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  4. ^ GmbH, Emporis. "250 City Road | Buildings | EMPORIS". www.emporis.com. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  5. ^ "250 City Road - Skyrisecities". skyrisecities.com. Retrieved 15 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Foster's London towers to feature one bike parking space per bedroom". dezeen.com. Retrieved 14 December 2015.