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UNStudio to make UK debut with replacement for Bennetts' tower

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Dutch-based UNStudio finally looks set to make its UK debut with this 29-storey apartment tower on City Road in Islington, north London

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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