The second half of our involvement with Arsenal’s relocation involved turning its former home into luxury apartments.
Arsenal Football Club’s former home of 93 years has been transformed into 724 high quality one, two and three-bedroom apartments.
The historic east and west stand facades were preserved and incorporated into the development while the north and south stands were replaced with new-build blocks. The residential scheme is designed around a central garden covering the footprint of the original pitch. Below the garden an undercroft provides secure parking for 475 cars as well as a gym and plant area.
Work to retain the stadium’s distinctive east and west facades proved a complex operation, with a lattice of steel beams and columns used to support them.
Huge retaining towers founded on 12m deep piles were erected alongside the stands and connected to a timber shoring system through the existing window openings.
We used slipform techniques to build some of the 32 cores that serve the apartments. Slipform involves continuously pouring concrete into formwork that is slowly jacked up until the structure reaches the required height.
Through collaboration with our subcontractor and the design team, 14 of the cores were standardised to allow the formwork to be reused, making the slipform technique, on such a low rise scale, commercially viable and saving time.
The development was awarded a BREEAM Ecohomes ‘Very Good’ rating. The scheme incorporates combined heat and power plant, 240 solar panels and rainwater harvesting.
We were entrusted with the project to transform Highbury Stadium as a direct result of Arsenal Football Club’s satisfaction with the new Emirates Stadium.
‘We chose a very good contractor, Sir Robert McAlpine, who has done an absolutely fantastic job for us, planned it extremely well and built it to plan.’ - Keith Edelman, former Arsenal Football Club Managing Director, speaking about Emirates Stadium
The exceptional standard of site management at Highbury Stadium Square was recognised with the presentation of Pride in the Job Quality Awards from the National House Building Council (NHBC) in 2008 and 2009.