ISLAND[2] (previously IYLO) is a residential skyscraper under construction in the London Borough of Croydon, London, with an expected completion date in 2015. The slogan used by the clients Phoenix Logistics and E3 Property International is Inspiration For Life. The building, once finished, will feature 20 floors of apartments and a roof height of 61 metres (200 ft).[3] The tower is elliptical in plan comprising two equal halves which 'slide' past one another.[4] The architects of the building are Darling Associates Architecture, with a number of other firms working on IYLO including Phoenix Logistics Limited, E3 Property International Ltd., Lancsville Construction Ltd., Jones Lang LaSalle, Matthew Consultants, Macfarlane Wilder, Scott Wilson, Scott Wilson, Cole Jarman Associates, dp9 and Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. The tower is part of the Croydon Vision 2020 regeneration plan for Croydon to add to its goal of being London's Third City.


Construction began in 2007, and halted in 2009 when the projects funding source HBOS went into administration.[5] 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.[6] 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. As of November 2012, a number of the apartments which have been fitted with the exterior glass, still display 'Sold' signs (which date back to when the building was still under construction and being marketed), but a number on the lower floors have been left with timber or plastic coverings. The lower floors of the building and the hoardings around the site are daubed with graffiti.

Construction was expected to start again in late 2012 [7] but after some delay [8] work finally restarted in June 2013 [2] following the sale of the site to Regency Homes Ltd with a £900,000 discount and rename of the site to "Island"[5] with an estimated completion of 2015.

Transport links

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.