Looking at the major work going on at Archway Tower, it's easy to assume that there is just one scheme underway - in fact there are five major plans being put into operation round the Tube: Archway Tower, Hamlyn House, Hill House and Mall, the Archway gyratory and the former UCL campus.
The most visible is the work on the Archway Tower itself (immediately above the station): Essential Living is converting it into apartments for private rent.
Beyond the Tower (in the office block behind the TSB) is an entirely separate development. The eight-storey Hamyln House, is being converted into a Premier Inn. Work is well underway on the hotel, which is due to open in the autumn of 2015. The redevelopment will create a restaurant on the first floor and 73 parking spaces. The building will be completely reclad and the first floor link bridge will be demolished.
When the new hotel was announced, Hak Huseyin, vice-chair of the Archway Town Centre Group (ATCG) commented "Premier Inn is a big brand and getting that in Archway is just fantastic. It will create 40 jobs, tied locally, and the building work will be locally sourced. It’s great. Having all those people staying here is a huge bonus. Our eateries are fantastic and people from the hotel will go and visit them. The night time economy will improve - I can’t see any down side."
The third development is also near the Tube - it involves another office block known as Hill House (behind the Post Office) and the empty shopping mall. Work on these is still at the planning stage but the developers have announced that they intend to 're-clad Hill House with an attractive façade and construct a canopy that will improve wind conditions. We are developing plans for the wider-redevelopment of the site, which will include new homes, retail and community spaces.'
The fourth development is of the large triangle of land at the bottom of Highgate Hill and Archway Road, and the mainly Victorian buildings which were formerly the UCL Archway campus. When UCL moved out, the site was sold to Peabody, the housing trust. Peabody has announced that it is to redevelop the site "into a residential lead mixed-use development with a mixture of different tenures, including social rent, shared ownership and outright sale".