Archway Town Centre

Lyndon Goode Architects, London, 2015


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Completed shop front at 'Second Chance', including new branding 

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Ambitious community-led transformation of Archway town centre, one of the most deprived areas in London, including various shop frontages and fitout.

Over the course of three years, Lyndon Goode Architects has taken a ground-up approach to regeneration, building trust with shop owners and producing bespoke and unique designs for minimum cost.

The team started their work by meeting with every business on the high street, helping Islington to galvanise support for the project and selecting those that would have maximum impact on the wider area.

For Map Gift Shop, the practice looked to the building’s historical usage as a butcher as inspiration for a new shop frontage. At Second Chance, a ‘thrift’ shop, scaffold poles were found in the store’s basement and re-used as hanging rails; timber panelling was re-assembled in tiles to form the point of sale with apple crates used as shelving. For a fried chicken retailer, a kebab shop and others, new graphics and branding were created.

The project has helped to seed a wider regeneration in the area, making the high street more vibrant and sustainable.


  • Begun: Apr 2014
  • Completed: Feb 2015
  • Floor area: 130m2
  • Sector: Civic
  • Total cost: £170,000
  • Funding: Partly through London Borough of Islington, part private
  • Tender date: Jun 2012
  • Procurement: JCT Minor Works
  • Address: Archway Town Centre, London, N19 3QS, United Kingdom

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