We held a summer event for residents on Saturday 31 August to celebrate completion of our new Parkside Place development and the official opening of Caledonian Park in Islington, north London.
Previously known as the Market Estate, residents campaigned for redevelopment, voting overwhelmingly in 2004 for ownership of the 1960s, 271 unit estate to transfer to Southern Housing Group to enable redevelopment to take place. All of the former residents have been rehoused into new homes and their old homes demolished.
Now known as Parkside Place, the mixed-use neighbourhood of 421 homes faces the radically transformed Caledonian Park, where we have invested almost £1 million to create new play areas for children, new gardens and an impressive boulevard entrance improving accessibility for the community and creating an enhanced setting for the Grade 2 listed iconic clocktower.
The Mayor of Islington, Councillor Barry Edwards attended the event and helped to bury a time capsule prepared by residents. Cllr Edwards said, “It is fantastic to be here today to celebrate the transformation that has taken place. The Park is now a much more accessible and welcoming place for the community to enjoy. We hope it will be a real asset for the neighbourhood and that the new play areas will fire the imaginations of children for generations to come. It has been a long road but I am delighted to say it has been a road well-travelled.”
Stephen Ross, Reinvestment Director at Southern Housing Group, said, “I would like to express my thanks to those residents who worked with us to bring about this regeneration project. I am confident that by continuing to work together these fine new homes and regenerated park will stand the test of time for generations to come. Southern Housing Group is committed to continue to work with the community to ensure the long term success of this development.”
About the event:
In response to resident feedback, staff from Southern Housing Group were on hand throughout the day to speak to residents about local issues and to offer information about available services including its employment advice service and community investment.
Information stands were provided by the Caledonian Park Friends Group, Holloway Safer Neighbourhoods Team, Hungerford Children’s Centre and the Clocktower Residents’ Group.
The Dogs Trust offered free micro chipping and dog welfare advice.
The Arsenal Foundation provided coaching and sports tips.
Residents were consulted about community facilities and activities for younger residents.
Funding for the event was provided by Southern Housing Group, Islington Council and construction partner Higgins Construction Plc.