Situated beside Arsenal FC’s Emirates Stadium, Barratt Homes’ Queensland Terrace is a large-scale, mixed-use development that consists of more than 700 homes and the new Arsenal Sports Centre – a venue for the club’s educational and community programmes, accessible to local residents. Additional to this, new restaurants, cafes, bars and offices are a vital part of this much-needed regeneration scheme in Islington which is near to the 29-acre open park space, Highbury Fields.
The plan was born out of an alliance between Arsenal FC and the Newlon Housing Trust to provide both private and affordable housing as well as local amenities to residents of the surrounding area of the Emirates Stadium. Priority for the apartments was given to those working in Islington and, for those who work outside of the borough, transport links are excellent. The development is a five-minute walk from Holloway Road Tube station and only two stops from King’s Cross.
A Desirable Place to Live
Gary Patrick, regional sales director of Barratt Homes commented, “Queensland Terrace’s location is known around the world but what football fans may not realise is that this is a very popular neighbourhood because of the appealing lifestyle available here. Being able to commute to work in under 30 minutes while having an array of popular independent shops, restaurants and pubs nearby makes Queensland Terrace a very desirable place to live.”
Consisting of three individual, contemporary towers, the external walls vary in colour and appear to change tone along with the movement of the sun. Designed by leading architect CZWG, the stylish towers sit on top of a podium and give breath-taking views of the London skyline from their many private balconies and terraces.
Queensland Terrace makes up part of a huge regeneration plan stretching from Highbury to Caledonian Road which will accommodate 3,000 homes spread over a number of sites along the route. This particular site is every Arsenal fan’s dream, with the Emirates Stadium almost within touching distance of any of the apartments within Queensland Terrace. Looking out, residents will not only see the famous North London ground, they will also take in the new terrace of housing which has been slotted between the infrastructure of the stadium and the neighbouring Victorian terraces. The new buildings have a contemporary appearance that includes long, horizontal windows that emphasise the curves of the terrace, blue glazed ceramic tiles and light bronze aluminium cladding panels.
In compliance with consulting engineers Walsh Associates’ podium slab design and NHBC technical standards, PUDLO was successfully specified and used to supply a Grade 3 dry environment for the green roof and a fully-drained slab with car parking below. Due to the complex characteristics that podium slabs represent, PUDLO was heavily involved in the pour planning and pour layouts to eliminate the risk of cracking. Each pour was carefully monitored by the PUDLO Site Support Team and fully documented in the bespoke PUDLO Technical Pack and Quality Plan Ebook, specific to this project.
Contractor: Barratt Homes
Architect: CZWG Architects LLP
Consulting Engineer: Walsh Associates