Creation of The Heron
‘The Heron’ is a new development in the City of London, between Silk Street and Milton Street, close to the Barbican Centre.
It is a development by Heron International. This is an international company built up by Gerald Ronson. The building was designed by David Walker Architects, a London-based architectural practice. United Designers, hotel and restaurant designers, were responsible for the interior design.
The first few floors of the building (two below ground, and six above ground). are performance facilities – including a concert hall and theatres – for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, whose main building is in the Barbican estate.
Above that – on floors 7 to 34 – is a new residential tower, containing 284 flats. On floors 7 to 30 there are a mixture of flat sizes from studio flats (no separate bedroom) to three-bedroom flats. The flats are constructed to give residents as much window area as possible. There are marvelous views; and some flats have glazing turning the corners without an obstructing column in sight!
On floors 31 to 34 there are what they call ‘Panoramic flats’ – flats and penthouses of different sizes and configurations but with special features and more luxurious fittings and materials.