Metro Tower, Ilford

See also: Key Projects / Housing & Mixed Use

Matthew Lloyd Architects were appointed to design a scheme for this new landmark residential tower and mixed use scheme at the Eastern end of Ilford High Road, recently submitted for planning. The purpose is to create a new mixed-use development providing residential, flexible retail / commercial uses and amenity space, together with public realm improvements and landscaping, which strengthens the positive characteristics of the site and surrounding neighbourhood and brings regeneration benefits to Ilford town centre. In total 124 residential units are proposed, comprising a mix of 12 studios, 38 x 1-bed and 74 x 2-bed units, all to London Design Guide standards. 

The development has been designed as a composition of three intersecting blocks: a tower element and two flanking blocks which tie the new development into their context.  A podium courtyard, containing a mix of hard and soft landscaping, benched seating, wild flower planting provides communal outdoor amenity space for the residents, in particular the children and families living within the development, while large terraces at 6th and 12th floor levels provide more private and quieter spaces for residents. Private overlapping balconies are provided to the living areas of each of the apartments and also provide panoramic views for the residents living within the building. Two commercial units on the ground floor, with potential for uses as a café and co-working space or restaurant, provide an opportunity for businesses to animate the public space at the eastern end of the High Street. Energy conservation is considered though a fabric first approach with high levels of natural light, air tightness and low U-values taking priority, supported by CHP which supplies the apartments.

A combination of high quality brick and terracotta finishes, with perforated metal balconies, are proposed for the elevational treatment, while the public realm proposals incorporate a palette of simple and robust materials that will help to build a defined character for the space and ensure longevity in terms of quality and practicality.

Xyan Holdings with LPW

Full planning approval granted December 2019

Ilford, IG1