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Benson & Forsyth wins go-ahead for Finsbury Park 'twin towers'

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Benson & Forsyth has won planning permission for a ‘five-year regeneration project’ in Islington, north London, which includes two new skyscrapers

The London Borough of Islington approved the application for the City North mixed-use development with its pair of 21-storey towers, which will stand 106m above Finsbury Park station and cover an area of more than 9,000m².

The practice’s RIBA Competition-winning scheme. won in June 2008. will be the area’s biggest project since Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium.

The development will include 335 flats, a restaurant and café, shops and 2,172m² of office space. The plans also include cycle spaces, public realm and flexible floor space for leisure facilities.

‘Finsbury Park needs regeneration,’ said Islington Council leader Terry Stacy.

‘This scheme will do that. It’s the largest regeneration project in Islington since the Emirates Stadium and it’s long overdue.’

Existing buildings on the City North Islington Trading Estate site would be bulldozed to make way for the skyscrapers.

The project has been five years in development and is the brainchild of Jack Morris, chairman of the Islington family firm that transformed Royal Agricultural Hall, in Upper Street, into the Business Design Centre in the 1980s.

‘We’re very proud of this design,’ said Morris.

‘It’s a really fine piece of architecture that will create a better and vibrant town centre.’

Previous story (AJ 29/7/09)

City North Site, Finsbury Park, London by Benson & Forsyth

First Look: Benson & Forsyth has revealed its detailed proposals for a £80 million mixed-use scheme next to Finsbury Park station, north London

The practice landed the 46,000 sq m project in June last year (2008) after seeing off John McAslan & Partners, Panter Hudspith, FLACQ and Studio Egret West following a high-profile RIBA competition.

Backed by the Business Design Centre Group, the development features two 22-storey residential towers sat on a ’ podium building’ housing shops and offices.

A planning application is expected to be shortly - possibly September (2009) - following a recent public consultation exercise (document attached right).


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