Fish Is­land’s bait is canal­side apart­ments

London Evening Standard (West End Final B) - ES Homes and Property - - New Homes -

DE­VEL­OP­ERS are casting their nets over Fish Is­land, a former in­dus­trial zone in Hack­ney Wick.

This lit­tle-known East End back­wa­ter, where in 1865 the Gas Light and Coke Com­pany es­tab­lished a small fac­tory town that’s now a con­ser­va­tion area, has been thrown into the spot­light by the trans­for­ma­tion of Strat­ford.

For the last 20 years, the 50-acre site bor­der­ing Queen El­iz­a­beth Olympic Park has of­fered cheap stu­dio space to hun­dreds of artists. How­ever, the canal­side land and build­ings are now part of a mas­ter­plan to cre­ate a new neigh­bour­hood with more than 5,000 homes, live-work dwellings, work­shops and small busi­ness premises. Con­tro­ver­sially, some old build­ings oc­cu­pied by cre­atives have been bull­dozed for pri­vate flats.

The Foundry is a scheme of 121 apart­ments grouped around a cen­tral court­yard gar­den. All flats have floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows and a pri­vate bal­cony, and there are com­mu­nal roof ter­races. Prices from £443,000. Call We­ston Homes on 020 8985 5597.

Though smarten­ing up, Fish Is­land is not for the faint-hearted, be­ing a gritty and graf­fiti-cov­ered ur­ban land­scape. But that’s not de­ter­ring fash­ion­istas. De­vel­oper Aitch Group is pro­gress­ing four projects with up to 250 homes aimed at young pro­fes­sion­als work­ing in Shored­itch and the City who would never choose to live in the new-build vil­lages on the Olympic Park it­self, while hous­ing char­ity Pe­abody and de­vel­oper Hill are bring­ing 580 canal­side apart­ments priced from £477,500 at Fish Is­land Vil­lage. Call 020 3906 1950. The project in­cludes on-site “in­cu­ba­tor” spa­ces for de­sign and dig­i­tal start-up com­pa­nies, free­lancers and early stage en­trepreneurs, cre­at­ing more than 500 jobs.

From £443,000: above, The Foundry of­fers 121 flats; above right, Fish Is­land Vil­lage canal­side flats, by Pe­abody and Hill, from £477,500

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