Angel Central plans to remove famous wings sculpture in £8million refurb

PUBLISHED: 16:40 20 September 2017 | UPDATED: 17:59 20 September 2017

An artist's impression of the planned Angel Central redevelopment. Picture: Cunning Plan

An artist's impression of the planned Angel Central redevelopment. Picture: Cunning Plan


Angel Central bosses want to remove the famous wings sculpture – and replace it with a bridge.

Angel Central has disowned the huge wings sculpture. Picture: Angel Central Angel Central has disowned the huge wings sculpture. Picture: Angel Central

Last year, Angel Central proposed to swap the sculpture with a gold statue of Islington icons Spandau Ballet.

That was an April Fool’s joke. But the new plans, announced today as part of an “incredible” £8million refurbishment of the shopping centre, appear more serious.

In an application submitted to Islington Council, planning agent CBRE disowns the sculpture, saying it makes the space “feel enclosed”.

The submission adds: “The external appearance of the shopping centre does not reflect the quality of the retailers who occupy the centre and is dated.”

The focal point of the project is a bridge that will link both sides of the centre’s mezzanine. There will also be more space for three new restaurants, as well as better lighting and upgraded flooring.

Centre manager Lynne Glover said: “This is an incredible project that will completely transform Angel Central into a leading retail and leisure destination for north London.

“I am thrilled to be part of this new chapter for Angel Central, and I’m sure the Islington community is excited to see the result of this incredible new vision for the area.”

If planning permission is obtained, Angel Central aims to start work in January.

Comments on its plans can be made by searching reference number P2017/2964/FUL on Islington Council’s planning website.


  • In response to the other comments, CBRE are making the investment, not the council. It's not public"our" money. I'm not sure how this bridge would create space for three new restaurants. And surely it's making the place feel MORE enclosed, not less. I guess if they want to build a bridge to connect two pretty much unused parts of the centre that's their decision.

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    Sunday, September 24, 2017

  • But they can't build and maintain housing stock or fix the potholes in the roads? Angel is a cut-through, or a pit stop. It's not a destination compared to Wood Green. Angel is where you 'pop' to when you need something. I used to be there every weekend so don't think I dislike the place. I dislike that the council seems to be so irresponsible with their (our) money!

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    Gemma Forbes

    Thursday, September 21, 2017

  • Its only the publics money, no worries.

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    Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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