Description of The Heron
The Heron - 36 floor residential tower will be a striking addition to the City skyline; a fusion of contemporary architecture and sophisticated design exhibiting graceful lines and a seamless exterior finish. The façade will appear as a large scale mosaic, featuring panels of clear, opaque black and dark grey glass and silver anodised aluminium, all outlined with polished stainless steel.
The resulting surface will be highly reflective and visually exciting. Creative architectural concepts will also enhance the interior spaces. Prudent positioning of supporting columns will allow for fully glazed corners to the apartments, providing exceptional views.
Environmental issues are increasingly high on the agenda and sustainability has become a major factor in building design. The Heron will uphold its responsibility to the community and the environment and has been designed to adhere to the GLA's aspirations to make London a low carbon city.
As far as possible, the development will utilise the Citigen Combined Heat and Power system for heating, cooling and hot water. This highly efficient strategy will effectively reduce the carbon footprint of the development. The need for artificial cooling due to solar gain is minimised by a system of ‘brise soleil' balconies and screening on the south and west facades of the building. Carefully monitored, sustainable construction methods will lessen the impact on the local community; noise, emissions and disruption will be kept to a minimum.
A concierge will be on duty providing a first port of call for residents needs. The concierge will arrange for the provision of a range of individual and 3rd party services including:
courier and messenger services
An unprecedented urban oasis
The landscaped roof garden will provide residents and their guests with a peaceful refuge in a unique and tranquil setting overlooking the City.
The private club
Each resident will have membership to The Heron's private club and roof garden, which promises to be a truly inviting environment for residents and their guests to socialise, relax, work and play. It is proposed that the club floor will include a stylish bar with café dining, a screening room to watch special events and the latest movies on DVD, and a private dining / meeting room with conferencing and business facilities. A private gym with facilities for personal training will also be located on this level.
Guildhall School of Music and Drama
The lower floors of The Heron will house new, state-of-the-art facilities for the world renowned Guildhall School of Music & Drama. The custom designed building will accommodate exceptional performance spaces: a 608 seat concert hall, 227 seat theatre and studio theatre in addition to space for teaching and support services. Combined with its neighbour, the Barbican Arts Centre, it will be an international cultural destination thereby enhancing the prestige of the residential tower.
The School's impressive list of alumni includes: Daniel Craig, Honor Blackman, Orlando Bloom, Sir James Galway, Jacqueline du Pré, Sir George Martin, Ewan McGregor and Bryn Terfel, to name but a few.