Any true football fan’s least favourite part of the beautiful game is leaving their beloved stadium after 90 minutes, so imagine a world where they didn’t ever have to!
When Arsenal left their Highbury Stadium home in May 2006, in favour of their current extravagant Emirates home, it was developed into 711 luxury flats. The project, a similar one to that which we will see in Upton Park in the coming year too, is a great way to preserve the history of this sacred space, whilst utilising the sizeable piece of prime London real estate and accommodating the ever-growing London population.
After closure, the Highbury Stadium was renamed ‘Highbury Gardens’. Two ends were demolished and the exteriors of the East Stand, a Listed building, and the West Stand were incorporated into the redevelopment, with the pitch becoming a communal garden. The flats underwent an extensive but thoughtful renovation, with nods to the Gooners all around the complex.
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