QN7 & Queensland Terrace

Location Holloway, London
Client Arsenal Football Club | Barratt London | Newlon Housing Trust | Kier
Content 729 Residential Units (50% Affordable) | Community Sports Centre | Offices | Retail
Status Built

The technical, planning and detailed design support they gave us was vital. They add value and have very high standards – especially in terms of detail. They protect the client’s interests and are by your side throughout the whole process.

Sam Sinniah, Head of Technical, Barratt London

Queensland Road forms a major part of the Regeneration masterplan around and adjacent to the Stadium. The scheme is on both sides of the road. A sinuous terrace of housing on the South side backs onto a terrace of Victorian houses and mediates between that domestic scale and the Meta scale of the stadium. It introduces a local shop on its corner with Benwell Road. The opposite side of the street has five ziggurat towers stepping up towards the stadium to north, giving large residential terraces with long views facing south. The round ended forms, joined by short lower terrace elements, coincide with the concave curves of the terrace opposite making a richly inflected streetscape. The Arsenal Community centre with its large span for indoor football pitches is entered from close to the main Stadium Entrance. The axial drive in entrance to the Stadium is framed by two of the towers.

These strongly articulated buildings have a rich palette of materials including shades of blue glazed ceramic tiles, light bronze windows on the towers with matching bronze cladding to the whole northern tower (the gold cigar) the infill terraces and the long façade onto the stadium podium. The curved forms of the terrace of London Stock bricks is emphasised by overlapping long horizontal windows.

Overall the buildings provide a suitably dramatic frame for the magnificent stadium, whilst allowing a sense of sun, light and air to its surrounding podium.