Located in London, United Kingdom, Arundel Square was designed by Pollard Thomas Edwards architects. The biggest challenge was the engineering: the railway cutting was decked over with 76 seven-foot deep steel joists covered by a concrete slab which spans 85 feet onto reinforced concrete retaining abutments. On the resulting acre of land which we have created we have completed Arundel Square with a contemporary six-storey mixed tenure apartment building with 146 new homes overlooking the central garden, which the architects have also doubled in size.
The design of the building is based on the scale and intricacy of the existing Victorian buildings which surround Arundel Square: a framework of limestone is suspended in front of a largely glazed façade with projecting balconies – the limestone façade is designed to reflect the stucco of the existing houses. Arundel Square shows how bold engineering and sensitive design can dramatically enhance the urban environment, and also demonstrates how to create a modern building within an existing historic context.