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PostSubject: Benson + Forsyths Finbsury Tower Plans   Sun Nov 21, 2010 11:40 pm

Benson + Forsyths Finbsury Tower Plans

Published on 05-01-2010 by Skyscrapernews.com
Currently winging its way through the planning system in Islington, north London, on a site near Isledon Road and Finsbury Park is a twin tower development designed by Benson + Forsyth that saw the firm beat off competition from Panter Hudspith, Flaq, Studio Egret West and John McAslan & Partners.

At ground level the architects have planned the broadly triangular site to help restore the historic city grid that was that was destroyed by the diagonal cutting of the railway at Finsbury Park Station that lies adjacent by it by having a low rise block laid along the same axis as Fonthill Road. It's also been an opportunity to create a new triangular public space for the railway station to its north-east.

Benson + Forsyth has set the circular drum-like tower with a rectangular service shaft on the southern edge of the site on what is currently an empty plot south of Goodwin Street whilst the second tower, a rectangular affair stands on Wells Terrace and is orientated to sit perpendicular to the long, low-rise building. Within the buildings will be 480 apartments, plus a number of new retail units at ground level.

Rising to 21 floors each, if approved the development will provide a new high-rise landmark for Finsbury Park, an area almost devoid of tall buildings that can merely boast a couple of modest council blocks from the sixties, that has been largely neglected with redevelopment for decades.

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