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Benson & Forsyth win Finsbury Park design contest
1 July, 2008
Architect beats Studio Egret West, John McAslan and Panter Hudspith for redevelopment scheme
Architect Benson & Forsyth has won the design competition for the City North Site in Islington, London.
The firm beat four other practices to the redevelopment scheme next to Finsbury Park station.
Competitors in the RIBA design competition were asked to produce concepts for the site including high quality public spaces and a range of land uses.
The other four competing practices were Studio Egret West, John McAslan & Partners and Panter Hudspith Architects.
Benson & Forsyth’s £80m City North scheme to tower over Finsbury Park
20 June 2008
Benson & Forsyth has revealed its £80 million City North project in London’s Finsbury Park, a mixed-use development of apartments, retail and leisure facilities.
The practice was selected for the 46,000sq m scheme in an RIBA competition ahead of John McAslan & Partners, Panter Hudspith, Flaq and Studio Egret West.
The project aims to provide a coherent framework for regeneration in the area, including 480 apartments alongside cafés and restaurants, retail units and a leisure facility still to be decided on.
Practice principal Gordon Benson said the design would be integrated contextually locally and at the citywide level.
“The chaotic geometry of the nearby railway line has effectively distorted the orthogonal nature of the city grid,” Benson said.
“Our scheme will reinstate an orthogonal geometry at local level, with bold vertical elements to establish its presence in north London and the wider city context.”
The project’s “assembly of volumes” is characterised by a podium over two floors, a raised garden overlooking Finsbury Park at second floor level, and above that an assembly of two towers, one cylindrical, one rectilinear.
“The tall buildings will simultaneously address both the park to the east and the City to the south, and will be an instantly recognisable signature,” said Benson.
The podium “repairs and extends” the existing urban pattern at ground level, and will integrate a proposed new concourse to Finsbury Park Station.
A planning application will be submitted early next year.