Finsbury Park's City North development completion delayed until winter 2020
PUBLISHED: 09:00 26 December 2017
The huge building project at Finsbury Park station appears to have been delayed judging by the developer's new completion dates - meaning it won't be finished for another three years.
Work on the £220million City North scheme started belatedly last year after developers Telford Homes overcame strong opposition.
When announced in 2014, the plan was to have the first stage done by about now, but the dates have repeatedly been pushed back.
Now, in the latest estimates for completion, chiefs say “winter 2020” is the likely completion date for the whole project.
And for the people who won’t be moving into the £500,000 one-bed flats or the £1m plus three-beds, the bad news is the Goodwin Street Western Entrance to Finsbury Park station – replacing the closed Wells Terrace one – has also been pushed back to “late autumn 2019”. It will now be the first thing to open, though, having originally been scheduled to be operational towards the end of the work.
Traders surrounding the site have not exactly welcomed the news.
Andrew Paschalis, has been in Fonthill Road for 25 years at clothing shop Andrial and has been protesting against the constant flow of lorries going to and from the building site, which he says has driven business down by 40 per cent over the last 12 months.
“We’re all very unhappy,” he said. “The delays are ridiculous. We had a meeting with them [Telford Homes] two weeks ago but they don’t tell us anything. It’s like getting blood out of a stone.
“We don’t know what’s going to happen when it is finished. They don’t care about us – we’ve heard there’s going to be a Marks and Spencer Food Hall there.”
The complex will have its own gym, supermarket and gardens. Telford Homes recently ran an art competition and four artists were shortlisted to have their work featured on the design of the complex.
Judges are still reviewing the entries and a winner will be announced in the coming months.