Innovative and radical design by PTEa to finally complete a historic Islington square

The original Arundel Square was never completed. After three sides were finished over 150 years ago the Victorian developer ran out of money and the North London Line was constructed in a cutting on the south side of the central gardens, destroying the symmetry of the square and depressing its surroundings. The architects' radical idea was to deck over the railway cutting in order to create an extra acre of land on which to complete the Victorian square.

In 1993 Bill Thomas of Pollard Thomas Edwards architects bought a small site along the side of the North London Line. He then embarked on a patient and painstaking urban development initiative, acquiring the adjacent railway embankments and negotiating with the railway companies and a legion of other interested parties to obtain air rights. Construction finally started in 2006, when the project was taken over by United House Developments, and the scheme was completed in 2010.

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