Dutch-based UNStudio finally looks set to make its UK debut with this 29-storey apartment tower on City Road in Islington, north London
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Submitted for planning in December, the project for new landowner Orion Capital Managers UK has been drawn up with PLP Architecture and includes 190 flats, a ground floor shop and a restaurant.
The tower replaces a previously consented residential-led scheme on the plot designed by Bennetts Associates in 2005 (below left). The practice first worked on a masterplan for the canal basin, which included large-scale improvements to the public realm and a neighbouring tower, almost a decade ago.
Last year, the design team behind this larger 36-storey skyscraper also switched hands – from Squire and Partners to SOM (AJ 09.12.11). Rab Bennetts told the AJ he had concerns about the proposed UNStudio tower and ‘ad-hoc changes’ to the masterplan, made without extensive consultation with local residents.
He said: ‘Much of this is happening without the same degree of public information as before, so local people may be surprised by what is finally constructed.’
Amsterdam-based UNStudio has previously drawn up plans for Birmingham New Street station and for a scheme at Battersea power station (2004). However both remain unbuilt.
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