Island tries to block out memories of seven-year hitch

It has been such a long time since the IYLO BUILDING last penned a column for this site, that they return now after a makeover and with a new name, though the developers probably don’t want you to regard the building as a traffic island

Okay, people, it’s time for my New Year grumble.

How the marketing agency's artists sees The Island development

How the marketing agency’s artists sees The Island development, existing in a Croydon where the roads have not come to a grinding standstill

Happy New Year? How very dare you. Another year added to the calendar just reminds me that, after seven loooong years, I’m still sitting here feelin’ like a prat.

“Seven years?” I hear you asking. “Has that eye-sore really been around for seven years?”

Just watch it. I’m not an eye-sore any more, I must give my latest owners some credit. Why, I’ve even had my portrait painted (which might well have air-brushed some of the less attractive-looking neighbours to make Croydon seem a touch more appealling).

While I’m still waiting for residents to move in, it looks like most of my external work has been completed. My hoardings have been taken down, although only to expose industrial detritus, including over-flowing skips.

My marketing agency Regency calls me an “elegant 20-story tower” and “an exciting development of 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom apartments”.

Elegant and exciting! Did you hear that?! High flattery indeed and my psychologists think that the continuation of such praise can only lift my depression and many other neuroses brought on by years of neglect.

This video was also a major boost.

I like how the music and the blur of lights make me look like I was the great and powerful Hammersfield itself.

So much so, the other day my marketing friends decided to big-up our mates at Westfield on Twitter. But some smart Alec decided to highlight how they might have been at least five years premature in respect of when the regeneration thing actually happens.

IslandCroydon dodgy tweet

I hope that I may soon be able to stop my medication altogether, though.

However, I am reminded that I need to pass on to the local council an invoice for psychological services amounting to several millions. That includes bills from the building across the street – the poor dear has also had to seek counselling. He looks a wreck.

I still suffer from anxiety attacks due to several worries, the first regarding the traffic problems I may cause in the future. I am afraid I will be the cause of a traffic clusterfuck.

I will contain 183 residences and 11 penthouses and that’s a lot of cars coming and going into a difficult roundabout. And if you’ve flown in from the Far East to take a look at your £1.2million penthouse, you’d expect to have somewhere safe to park your Ferrari…

I also worry about proper space for the children who live in me. Where will they play?And won’t the air quality in the middle of a traffic island be a bit… well, polluted?

But my friends doing the marketing tell me that’s not anything to worry about – most of the up-scale apartments won’t have adults or children in them, but will just stand empty, gradually accumulating in value, as well as dust.

The Island's neighbour, a visible sign of the regeneration that's "just a step away"

The Island’s neighbour, a visible sign of the regeneration that’s “just a step away”

Wait until the flat buyers take a look around the place. My shrinks warn me that I will probably require further psychological assistance when investors fly in from overseas and realise exactly where I really am.

Just 15 minutes from central London the agents have told them. If only they had installed that helicopter pad on my head.

I fear that seeing so many crest-fallen faces when they’ve had a look around the “regenerated” neighbourhood will make me a nervous wreck again.

One thing I am looking forward to is Sainsburys moving into my ground floor, which is always a possibility in this town. Some of my fellow Croydon buildings are wondering if the dapper new Bernard Weatherill House is in a serious relationship with Miss Sainsbury, or if they are just having casual sex.

I will tell you that Mr NLA is furious over the matter. He says he was at least worth a Waitrose or an M&S Food.

IslandCroydon blockedBy the way, for those of you who are wasting your lives on Twitter, I have decided to up my game there. I am now @IslandCroydon, and I won’t stand for any messing around. I will soon be a proper member of Croydon society.

My life coach recommended that I eschew low-rent social media connections. My flats start at a cool £300,000, so I need to “act in a manner that befits my status”. Those were her exact words.

And then she pressed the block button on Inside Croydon


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3 Responses to Island tries to block out memories of seven-year hitch

  1. KristianCyc says:

    This will make a nice cheap social housing purchase for the council when the investors finally realise what it is they’ve put their money into and the price gets marked down to reflect its real value

  2. They do say that you can put lipstick on a pig but it’s still a pig. IYLO?

  3. derekthrower says:

    I saw it from West Croydon station today. It looks more like an Office Complex than Homes. Good luck with that one. It is a very strange vista in this area now with all these empty massive properties in the vicinity. I half expected to be knocked over by some tumbleweed.

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