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'Hated' London tower to get face lift

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development

'Hated' London tower to get face lift 'Hated' London tower to get face lift

The green light has been given to re-clad one of London's most hated tower blocks.

Archway Tower in north London is to be converted from an unused, derelict 1960s office block into new apartments that will be managed for long term rent.

As well as the re-clad, the tower will get a new two-storey entrance.

Work has already begun on converting the tower’s interior – which was enabled under the coalition’s extension of permitted development rights.

The recent planning decision, however, means that developer Essential Living can now start work on the exterior.

The company is developing a brand focused on the private rental market, and plans to invest more than £30 million to turn Archway Tower into a landmark building to the benefit of the local area and economy.

Essential Living hopes to complete the refurbishment and see residents moving into the tower by spring 2016.

Rob Whiting, asset director at Essential Living, said: “We are delighted with the decision which will dramatically improve the exterior of Archway Tower and vastly improve the horizon for many local people. Our plans will bring the building back into use to the benefit of the local area, particularly business close-by.

“As the first UK company focused on creating a rental brand, we have a long term interest in our developments both in terms of how they’re built and how they’re managed. We are looking forward to providing a highly professional service to those who rent homes within Archway Tower, helping to drive up standards in the sector. “

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