Benson & Forsyth has won a competition to help with the re-development of a significant north London site. The result follows an RIBA design competition organised on behalf of City North Islington Ltd, a subsidiary of Business Design Centre Group.
The 'City North Site' is located on the north eastern edge of Islington, and adjacent to Finsbury Park Station, one of the busiest transport interchanges in London outside of Zone one. The Council (London Borough of Islington) identified this site as having the potential to act as a catalyst for the regeneration of the wider Finsbury Park area. Competitors were set the challenge of producing concepts for the site, to include high quality public spaces and a range of land uses, in order to diversify the existing mix of uses.
Describing their winning concept, Gordon Benson said : "The proposal is contextually defined both locally, and at the scale of the city. At street level the scheme repairs and reinforces the fragmented urban fabric. The taller elements of the composition address and frame views of significant Landmarks, redefining the identity of the site and the specifics of its location."
Benson & Forsyth will now work closely with the client group to work up their competition concept and ideas. The other four competing practices were Studio Egret West, John McAslan & Partners and Panter Hudspith Architects.