Finsbury Park station is London’s busiest transport hub outside Zone 1, but the scruffy patch surrounding it has never inspired a sense of neighbourhood. This is changing with the launch of City North, left, the biggest regeneration project in Islington borough since Arsenal FC’s Emirates stadium.
Construction around and above the station will create a new town centre with 308 flats, offices, a health and fitness club, a multi-screen cinema, a Waitrose branch, shops, restaurants, cafés and bars. “Every now and again a scheme comes along that changes the dynamics of a central London location, and this is one of them,” says Tim Wright of property consultant JLL.
Two 21-storey towers and low-rise buildings will be linked by a European-style piazza and a tree-lined plaza integrating with the station. Planted communal roof terraces add to the greenery.
A new cultural centre and art gallery opened last month alongside the station.
Prices range from £300,000 to £1.5 million and completion is due in 2017. Call 020 7087 5536.