Arundel Square

Pollard Thomas Edwards architects, London, 2009


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Details of parkside elevation 

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  • Details of parkside elevation    
  • New apartment block at Arundel Square    
  • Details of projecting balconies overlooking park    
  • Corner of apartment block    
  • Arundel Square    
  • Apartments in context    
  • Arundel Square apartments completing fourth side of square    
  • Apartments in context     
  • Interior of top floor penthouse overlooking gardens    
  • Interior of top floor penthouse overlooking gardens     
  • Interior of top floor penthouse overlooking gardens     
  • Site Plan    
  • Ground Floor Plan    
  • Typical Upper Floor Plan    
  • Decking-over railway    
  • Section through site and new square    
  • Proposed decking-over railway    
  • Proposed completed gardens    
  • Section through site and new square    
  • Section through site and new square    
  • Arundel Square before    
  • Arundel Square after    
  • North elevation balconies - Glass balustrade type    
  • North elevation balconies - Steel balustrade type    
  • North elevation balconies - Timber balustrade type    

Completion of a Victorian square with a development to provide 147 mixed-tenure apartments and the decking over of a railway cutting

The original Arundel Square was never completed. After three sides were finished 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.

The architect and practice co-founder Bill Thomas acted as developer for the site, conceiving of the idea to deck over the railway as well as purchasing the land on the south side and the embankments. After lengthy negotiations with Network Rail and adjoining owners, Planning Approvals were gained and the site was sold on to Arundel Square Developments Ltd, a development arm of United House in partnership with Londonewcastle.

PTEa's radical approach has, in decking over the railway, created an extra acre of land, half of which will be added to Arundel Square and its park which has been completely redesigned. The square’s long-absent fourth side is now completed with a contemporary six-storey apartment building, whose layered façade has been designed to harmonise with its Victorian neighbours with the use of a limestone screen, through which project contrasting cantilevered balconies with coloured glass and timber balustrades.


  • Begun: Jun 2008
  • Completed: Dec 2009
  • Floor area: 15,000m2
  • Sector: Residential
  • Total cost: £25M
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: Jan 2008
  • Procurement: Design & Build
  • Address: Arundel Square, Islington, London, N7 8AT, United Kingdom

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