Highbury Stadium Square was the former home of Arsenal FC. One of London's most popular and successful teams during the last century. When Arsenal FC moved to the Emirates Stadium their former ground was converted into apartments. The facades of the East and West stand were retained and the apartments built within. The facade of the East stand and the famous marble halls being given grade II listed status. The North bank and Clock end were demolished and built new.
The former stadium had the smallest pitch in the top division which dictated the style of play possible by the team. This was retained as part of development and is now one of London’s largest private communal gardens. All residents have access although no ball games are allowed. Every year the development has a ceremonial turning on of the christmas tree lights with such sporting celebrities as; Jerry Quy aka Gunnersaurus (Arsenals former Mascot), Charlie George (Arsenal Legend) and Frank Warren to name a few.
The Marble halls are now the home of the 24 hour concierge. The marble halls along with the East and West stand were built by the legendary Herbert Chapman in the 1930's. Hugely over budget they were designed to make a statement of intent for the club. And are still impressive today.
"The East Stand and the Marble Halls were Chapman`s big statements that Arsenal were a club to be aspired to. Their commitment to gentlemanly behaviour towards their opponents showed the extent to which Chapman didn`t want Arsenal to be a club to be feared, but a club to be revered"
The Arsenal Team of the 30's were arguably the best team in the world winning the Championship 5 times. Unfortunately, the man who built Arsenal's stadium Herbert Chapman died of Pneumonia in 1934. His bust takes pride of place as you enter the Marble Halls today.
The stadium was often referred to as 'The Library' by opposition fans due to the genteel and quiet nature of the average Arsenal fan. This carries on today with most residents appreciating the quiet nature of the development and the communal gardens.
The development was built to a high standard with energy efficiency in mind. The apartments have a high level of insulation and underfloor heating powered by a communal supply. There is a central plant room that is supplemented by solar panels placed on the roof of the South Stand. With most apartments achieving an EPC rating of B (A being the very highest). For those that work from home the building was wired with Fibre internet and it is possible to connect via https://hyperoptic.com/.
The most desirable apartment are those that have a view of the former pitch / gardens. Many of the apartments in the East and West stands have mezzanine levels which make use of the large glass frontage offering fantastic views of the garden. In the North and South stands many apartments are built around courtyards with the apartments benefitting from private balconies.
At Arlington Rouse our staff have been looking after apartments in the development for our clients since it was new. We know the development and are experienced in finding people apartments for lettings and sales. We also know how to maintain and repair when required. Which is why more Landlord chose Arlington Rouse to list their properties for rental than any other agent. If you are looking for a property in the development or need an experienced agent then do not hesitate to contact us.