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SOM replaces Squire and Partners on 36-storey Islington tower

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SOM has been appointed to deliver a mixed-use scheme at City Road Basin, London which Squire and Partners won planning permission for in 2006

Planned to start on site in April next year, the £160 million skyscraper is part of a 2.2-hectare Bennetts Associates-designed masterplan for the area backed by local authority Islington Council.

Squire and Partners won planning permission for the project at 261 City Road five years ago. SOM was appointed by project owner Mount Anvil and Affinity Sutton who bought the site from US developer Pembroke in October.

According to Mount Anvil design and planning director Andrew Reid, Formation Architects, Squire and Partners, SOM and EPR tendered for the job but SOM won because ‘of its track record in delivering complex tower developments.’ 

Now dubbed Silicon Tower – after the so-called Silicon Roundabout at nearby Old Street – the project features 307 residential apartments and 785m² of mixed-use commercial space and will be almost a third social housing.

Mount Anvil chief executive Killian Hurley said: ‘261 City Road is our eighth scheme in Islington. We have been at the forefront of regeneration in the borough since 2000 and currently have nearly 1000 homes in development.’

Affinity Sutton group director of new business and development Kerry Kyriacou said: ‘We are really excited about providing well designed affordable new housing in such a vibrant part of the city that will also contribute to London’s housing needs and are delighted that the project includes high quality affordable housing.’

Project completion is expected by July 2016.

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