Alex Fynn & Kevin Whitcher outline briefly the role Anthony Spencer played in identifying and securing the site and subsequent regeneration in their book. Click on below to read a chapter of Arsenal, The making of a modern superclub.


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Arsenal Regeneration Project

Arsenal Football Club’s need for a new football stadium was the catalyst for the largest private redevelopment and regeneration scheme in London.

It was much more than just a stadium.

The development stretches over 3 miles, and covers over 60 acres of land between Caledonian Road and Highbury.

The old Highbury stadium was also converted into 750 new apartments, with residents’ facilities including a nursery and a gym.

Ken Friar the former managing director of Arsenal Football Club said of Stadium’s Antony Spencer: “We wouldn’t have been able to do the Emirates Stadium without Antony Spencer’s foresight. It was under our noses but we couldn’t see it. Not only did he find the site for us, but he spent the next few years putting it together.”


  • Over 3m sqft of development.
  • 3 miles in length.
  • Included 3,000 new homes
  • Circa 150,000 sqft of commercial space
  • Over 650 student rooms
  • New stadium
  • Former Highbury Stadium converted into apartments.