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Planners veto CZWG’s Arsenal student tower

CZWG and Muf’s proposed student tower and public realm scheme close to the home of Arsenal football club has been rejected on height grounds

The 25-storey project in north London for client Arsenal football club was refused planning under delegated authority by Islington Council planners who argued the scheme’s height, bulk, scale and appearance was not in keeping with the local tall buildings policy.

CZWG partner Piers Gough said he thought it was ‘very likely’ the developers would appeal the decision. He said: ‘What is strange is people expect development around Arsenal Stadium to somehow obey the rules of Victorian London. But the stadium itself is a step change in scale and urban form compared to other parts of Islington.’

He added: ‘Almost to stand up to the stadium you need buildings with stature.’

The mixed-use featured 88 five-bed student apartments, 10 self-contained studio rooms, a double-height penthouse common room with mezzanine and external terrace, and a separately accessed public restaurant and bar on the 23rd floor.

The design included a landscaped public realm designed by Muf Architecture/Art and commercial units set in converted railway arches.

A spokesperson for Arsenal told the Islington Gazette: ‘We have been informed about the decision to refuse planning permission for the scheme and will be considering our options moving forward.’

The scheme was submitted for planning in January 2010.

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