Project Description

Canonbury Cross

Canonbury cross is a 90 unit mixed-tenure scheme (45 private / 45 affordable) at Highbury Corner, which perfectly demonstrates our ability to manage the complex demands of inner-city projects.

The project has several significant constraints, common to many London schemes: it sits just 8m above Victoria Line tunnels and Network Rail tunnels; construction access via a restricted single-lane road; and close proximity to surrounding residential properties.

Our experience has allowed us to successfully manage the interface with Network Rail and LUL, including agreeing design calculations, method statements, monitoring and inspection reports, and anti-vibration measures.

Our electronic delivery management system – pioneered at the Athletes Village – and close liaison with residents has ensured a hassle free approach to servicing the site

About Canonbury Cross

Other than the street level considerations, the design and construction of Canonbury Cross was also affected by two tunnels that run directly underneath the site. One of which is the Victoria Line, and the other is part of the Great Northern Route which is due to be connected to the new Thameslink by 2018.

The close proximity to the tunnels and resulting vibration, needed careful consideration given the residential use above. While the reduction of vibration was not a planning condition, we, as long-term stewards of the building want to ensure resident satisfaction remains high. With our architects, we examined various options before settling on the use of an impact sound insulation matting fabric. This mat, consisting of high‐grade fibres of recycled rubber, has the added benefit of being an environmentally friendly solution to a complex problem.

Canonbury Cross includes three generous three-bedroom apartments, eighteen two-beds, thirteen spacious one-bedroom properties each with a contemporary open-plan layout. Most of the apartments also benefit from either a private terrace, courtyard or balcony.
Ten open-plan houses boast three bedrooms for urban families, while a further property offers two bedrooms for smaller families or couples who need a little more space.  Each of the 2/3 storey townhouses benefits from an airy open-plan layout and both a courtyard and private terrace.