Aldgate Triangle: Naylor Building West – 1 Assam Street, E1 7QL & Naylor Building East – 15 Adler Street, E1 1HD
Part of the Landmark development named the “Aldgate Triangle”, Naylor Building was launched in 1999. Designed by Architects C.Z.W.G. (Campbell Zogolovich Wilkinson Gough) and developed by Ballymore Properties Ltd, the “Aldgate Triangle” is a development which consists of Dryden Building, Colefax Building, Cornel Building, Naylor East and Naylor West.
Situated right on the edge of the City, these developments were designed for a new generation of City residents. And indeed, today the area is dominated by the insurance industry, with several brokers and underwriters based there; prominent buildings include the Lloyd’s Register building, 30 St Mary Axe (formerly the Swiss Re Building), the Willis Building and the London Metal Exchange.
But even as far back as the Roman times, this area was of importance to business, as Aldgate was the eastern-most gateway through London Wall leading from the City of London to Whitechapel and the East End of London. It gives its name to a ward of the City bounded by White Kennet Street in the north and Crutched Friars in the south, taking in Leadenhall and Fenchurch Streets, which remain principal thoroughfares through the City of London, each splitting from the short street named Aldgate that connects to Aldgate High Street.
It is thought that a gate at Aldgate was already spanning the road to Colchester in the Roman period, when the City wall itself was constructed. The gateway stood at the corner of the modern Duke’s Place and was always an obstacle to traffic. It was rebuilt between 1108 and 1147, again in 1215, and reconstructed completely between 1607 and 1609. The gate was finally removed in 1761; then was temporarily re-erected at Bethnal Green. The area around the large traffic roundabout to the east of where the gate once stood is also often referred to as Aldgate (although strictly, this is Aldgate High Street, and extends a short distance into Whitechapel; it is also known occasionally by the epithet ‘Gardiners’ Corner’, in honour of a long-disappeared department store).
The etymology of the name “Aldgate” is disputed. Writing in the 16th century, John Stow derived the name from “Old Gate” (Aeld Gate). However, Henry Harben, writing in 1918, contended that this was wrong and that documents show that the “d” is missing in documents written before 1486-7. Alternative meanings include “Ale Gate” in connection with a putative ale-house or “All Gate” meaning the gate was free to all.
Naylor Building is a popular development – especially with professionals, either as a full-time home or a pied-à-terre. The building is split into two parts: Naylor Building East & West. The West entrance is located on Assam Street and the East entrance on Adler Street. The entire development comprises 85 one, two and three bedroom apartments laid out over six floors, – 43 of them in the West Building, the other 42 in the East building.
Apartments within benefit from high ceilings and large windows and those with two or three bedrooms all have two bathrooms – one of them being an en-suite shower room to the Master bedroom. Apartments have balconies and those situated on the top floor have access to roof terraces with fabulous views of the City skyline. The development itself offers a 24 hour Concierge Service, a Residents Gym, Jacuzzi & even a Solarium, as well as secure Underground parking, all in-house-features which appeal to busy professionals.
Naylor Building is situated in the borough of Tower Hamlets, a London borough with a population of approximately 254,000, which includes one of the highest ethnic minority populations in the capital. This borough really is a diverse fusion of old and new, poor and rich, with 1940’s & 1950’s Council Estates adjacent to new and luxurious developments like this one. Conveniently situated within walking distance of landmarks such as Tower Bridge, Bank, Moorgate and Liverpool Street, this area is perfect for Professionals working in the City or Docklands who may not yet be able to stretch their budget to afford the more expensive rents in the EC1, EC2 and EC3 post codes. The nearest Stations are Aldgate East Tube, situated 0.2 miles away, and Tower Gateway DLR, situated and 0.4 miles from the development. Canon Barnett Primary School is a stones’ throw away and makes this area popular starting ground with young professionals planning families.
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