Search

Facelift for infamous Archway Tower defeats town hall opposition

12:00 23 August 2014

Archway Tower

Archway Tower's flats are set to go ahead even if the Goverment reverse their decision

Archant

The controversial recladding of an often derided Islington landmark has been given the go-ahead despite plans not reducing the building’s infamous wind blight.

The Archway Tower, on the corner of Junction Road and Holloway Road, is well-known for the turbulent wind it funnels on to nearby streets.

Islington Council wanted any redevelopment plan to tackle this.

But when Essential Living’s planning application to re-clad the building’s black exterior didn’t address this, the council missed the deadline to turn it down.

‘Strange’

The developers, which will convert the block into flats, were then able to appeal directly to a planning inspector, who last week gave the scheme the nod.

A spokesman for Islington Council said: “As with many buildings of a similar age Archway Tower creates wind blight in the areas around it. Essential Living’s proposal for re-cladding the building will increase the severity of this problem in some locations.

“We are disappointed they did not take the opportunity to improve the busy pedestrian environment around the tower but has actually made it worse in some locations.”

Kate Calvert, from the Better Archway Forum, said: “It seems a strange decision on Estate Living’s part to have pursued a legal appeal rather than pay the relatively small cost of implementing the changes recommended by the council, especially given the expense of the redevelopment.”

This ruling looks set to complete several years of legal wrangling over the building’s future.

The 195ft office block was completed in 1963 above Archway Tube station and was used by the Department for Social Security during the 1980s, but has been vacant since 2012.

Rob Whiting, from Essential Living, said: “We are delighted with the decision which will dramatically improve the exterior of Archway Tower and vastly improve the horizon for many local people.

“Our plans will bring the building back into use to the benefit of the local area, particularly business close-by.”

If the redevelopment goes to plan, new residents will move into the tower in spring 2016.

This is not the first time the council has missed a planning deadline, thereby losing its right to rule on decisions. Last year, it was criticised for failing to act in time over a plan to turn the Good Intent Pub, in Wedmore Street, Upper Holloway, into flats – a planning inspector then gave the scheme the go-ahead.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Islington Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Islington Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Islington Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Islington News Stories

09:00
Local historian and walking guide Rob Smith on the former site of the New River reservoir

When, first thing in the morning, you stumble blurry-eyed to the kitchen to fill up the kettle, how much thought do you give to where the water’s coming from? Very little, probably, and why would you? It’s there. It’s wet. It does what it’s supposed to do.

Yesterday, 15:33
Who doesn't love bunnies?  (Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

The pop-up bunny cafe that stoked the fury of animal rights campaigners this week has been cancelled after controversy and alleged threats.

Yesterday, 13:43
The Bloodhound, which will attempt to break the land speed record next year

A unique vehicle powered by a combination of rocket fuel and jet engines was among the highlights of this year’s Clerkenwell design week at City University.

Yesterday, 10:33
Henry Hicks died following a police chase in Islington (Picture: Arnaud Stephenson)

The family of Henry Hicks last night demanded answers from Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe after it emerged during a heated public meeting that the officers involved in his death will not face charges.

Thu, 17:10
Timid: Rabbit experts warn the animals are easily stressed (Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA)

Animal lovers do not see the bunny side of plans for a pop-up “rabbit cafe” in Islington.

Thu, 15:38
Rev Simon Harvey found this intruder in his house on Wednesday afternoon

Grieving vicar Simon Harvey today told how he photographed a suspected burglar in his Upper Street home, moments before discovering his dead wife’s jewellery had been stolen.

Thu, 11:42
Murat Mehmet runs Electrical Embassy Supplies with his father, who imports olive oil from Cyprus to his shop on Compton Street

For Murat Mehmet and his business partner father, selling olive oil from an electrical shop is as natural as the family’s organic production farm in Cyprus. Georgie Conway reports.

Thu, 09:04
Richard at the former care home building in Grosvenor Avenue, Highbury, where he was abused as a child. Picture: Ken Mears

Like dozens of other children in 20th-Century Islington care homes, Richard was a victim of abuse. A new website is supporting these survivors. This week, he bravely returned to the building of his former care home in Grosvenor Avenue, Highbury. He told James Morris there could be hundreds more victims who have yet to come to terms with childhood trauma.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

Competitions

Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe