As the historic North London Post Office, this 50,000sqft site in Islington delivered birthday cards, love letters and lists for Father Christmas.
But next year, joint property developers Sagar Group and Cain Hoy hope they’ll be equally as successful at delivering a new housing, shopping and commercial district in the heart of one of London’s most affluent boroughs.
Sitting on Upper Street, which boasts a thriving restaurant scene and is home to the Almeida Theatre, the Edwardian buildings were designed by Jasper Wager who created many tall, red-brick Post Offices around North London.
This particular one was opened in 1906 and, during its heydey, 3,000 people worked within its walls.
The sorting office has been relocated to its new home by Regents Canal and developers took no time in swooping on the Grade-II listed building.
Since, they’ve bought up surrounding buildings piece-by-piece, including the Mitre pub next door, which provides a new arcade route into the site.
In total, four buildings make up the new project, providing 263 private one, two and three bedroom apartments, along with penthouses and maisonettes, with prices starting at £715,000.
The architecture will be a mixture of Edwardian conversions and a six-storey new build designed by Piers Gough, who’s worked on the National Portrait Gallery and homes on the old Arsenal Stadium site.
Giris Rabinovitch, CEO of Sagar Group, sets the scene. “Walking through the retail arcades and into the public square, visitors and residents will be met by the imposing Edwardian facades, which will contain a mixture of retail at ground level and residential units above.”