The Island, Croydon

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The Island
IYLO TQ3266 039.JPG
Under construction in 2010
General information
Town or cityCroydon, London
Country England
Coordinates51°22′56″N 0°05′54″W / 51.3823°N 0.0983°W / 51.3823; -0.0983Coordinates: 51°22′56″N 0°05′54″W / 51.3823°N 0.0983°W / 51.3823; -0.0983
Construction started2007
ClientPhoenix Logistics, E3 Property
Height61m (200 ft)
Technical details
Floor count20
Design and construction
ArchitectDarling Associates
Structural engineerWalsh Group and Scott Wilson

The Island (also known as Newgate Tower,[2] and previously ISLAND[3] and IYLO) is a residential skyscraper in the London Borough of Croydon, London. In 2018, the building's 17th-floor penthouse apartment was described as the "most expensive flat in Croydon".[1]

The building was designed to have 20 floors of apartments and a roof height of 61 metres (200 ft).[4] The tower is elliptical in plan comprising two equal halves which appear to "slide" past one another.[5] The architects of the building are Darling Associates Architecture,[citation needed] with a number of other firms working on the building including Phoenix Logistics, E3 Property International, Lancsville Construction, Jones Lang LaSalle, Matthew Consultants, Macfarlane Wilder, Scott Wilson, Scott Wilson, Cole Jarman Associates and DP9.[citation needed]

The tower is part of the Croydon Vision 2020 regeneration plan for Croydon[citation needed] to add to its goal of being "London's Third City".[citation needed]


Construction began in 2007,[citation needed] and halted in 2009 when the projects funding source HBOS went into administration.[6] It restarted in late 2010 but officially stopped in June 2011, following the construction company, St James's Croydon, a subsidiary of developers Phoenix Logistics entering administration.[7] By March 2012 the site was showing increasing signs of vandalism and graffiti and on 22 April 2012 the construction crane was removed from the site. In November 2012, a number of the apartments which had been fitted with the exterior glass still displayed 'Sold' signs (which date back to when the building was still under construction and being marketed), and a number on the lower floors were left with timber or plastic coverings. The lower floors of the building and the hoardings around the site were daubed with graffiti.[citation needed]

Construction was expected to start again in late 2012[8] but after some delay [9] work finally restarted in June 2013 [3] following the sale of the site to Regency Homes with a £900,000 discount and rename of the site to "Island"[10] with an estimated completion of 2015.

Construction of the building was completed in 2014.[1]

Transport links[edit]

The building is located at the northern end of Croydon town centre and is close to transport links in the town. The nearest railway station is West Croydon. There is a bus station at West Croydon. Tramlink services from West Croydon are on the Croydon Loop and go eastbound only towards East Croydon and beyond. The closest tram stop for westbound services is East Croydon station.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Datson, Andy (4 January 2018). "Some flats in Croydon 'will soon cost more than £1 million'". Croydon Advertiser. Local World.
  2. ^ "Croydon tower block evacuated after man has barbecue on balcony". Local World. 27 August 2017.[dead link]
  3. ^ a b Jo Gumb (18 June 2013). "IYLO development restarts as 'Island' apartments". Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Island, London - Building #2325".
  5. ^ Island, Croydon Emporis, 2006
  6. ^ "Tower work to restart shortly". Croydon Advertiser. Local World. 23 July 2010. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  7. ^ Surrey Today
  8. ^ "IYLO's new owner to resume work on Croydon tower block". This is Croydon Today. Local World. 17 July 2012. Archived from the original on 19 July 2012.
  9. ^ "Croydon's IYLO tower: What happened to the borough's flagship housing development?". This is Croydon Today. Local World. 20 February 2013. Archived from the original on 22 February 2013.
  10. ^ Davies, Gareth (17 May 2013). "IYLO building work to resume after owner gets £900,000 discount on affordable housing agreement". Croydon Advertiser. Local World. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 28 November 2013. plot was sold to a new developer

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