Location Angel, London
Client Sager Group | Cain International
Content 260 Apartments (36% Affordable) | 108 Serviced Apartments | Public Boulevard | Retail Arcades | Shops | Cafés | Restaurants | Cinema | Theatre | Health Club | Offices
For more information on this project please contact David Donachie.
Located in the heart of Islington, the former North London Postal sorting offices were housed in three large Edwardian red brick buildings mostly hidden from view behind the elegant surrounding Georgian streets and Gibson and Milner Squares. The swaggering Grade II listed Post Office fronts Upper Street and becomes a main pedestrian entrance route to the large mixed use conversion and extension of the precinct. Another entrance off Upper Street by the Mitre public house leads to the other pedestrian arcade through to a grand central tree lined boulevard at the core of the development from which many of the commercial functions and residential upper parts are reached.
The original Edwardian baroque façades are complimented with an architecture of curves that differ in style but match the spirit of the old. The principal building to the west provides large loft style apartments that celebrate the buildings original features, including high ceilings, tall sash windows and ornate external detailing. Above an additional floor of penthouses each have access to roof gardens, individual pools and views over the skyline.
The building is notably entered by a reworked Savoy style Port Cochere. To the east of the boulevard, the original lower brick façades of the sorting office are retained with a bold and arresting riff on traditional curved mansard roofs above which provide the upper residential floors. A new six-storey building to the north shares a central amenity courtyard garden with a series of sweeping curved façades and balconies. Triple basements house a large cinema complex, huge gymnasium and two theatre spaces to compliment the retail and cafés of the ground and mezzanine areas. Workshops adjoining the existing Almeida Theatre can provide convenient back of house / rehearsal areas.
So hidden is it, that the opening of this giant development of which almost half is publicly accessed spaces will be a revelation to locals as much as visitors!