Packington Estate – Future of London site visit, delivering estate renewal

Packington Estate was the focus of a Future for London event, Delivering Estate Renewal on Thursday 15 October. This event gave planners and developers the opportunity to see and discuss this highly acclaimed scheme in Islington, which will be completed in 2018.

Located next to the Regent’s Canal on the eastern edge of Islington, Packington is being redeveloped with 791 homes to replace the 538 originally on the site (491 will be available at sub-market rates). The new homes include 135 three, four, five and six bed houses. The project is seen as a shining example of estate regeneration with its tenure-blind apartments, a focus on family housing, its location of social-rented units by the canal, and careful integration into its heritage surroundings.

David Lunts, Chair of Future for London and GLA Executive Director of Housing and Land, said: “The Packington Estate is a shining example of how we can all work together to get everything right, from resident involvement through to building design. In an ever changing city, like London, it’s crucial that we continue to work in partnership to provide much needed, high quality housing.”

David Gannicott, Hyde’s Group Business Development Director, said: “Developing innovative partnerships with local authorities to deliver housing is now more important than ever. Hyde believe it is essential to lead the way with solutions that ensure residents are given a real voice in transforming where they live.”

This event follows on from the launch of “Estate regeneration – six steps to success”, a report by the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community and the Hyde Group to explore the successful delivery of estate regeneration. It focuses on the Packington Estate as an example of successful estate regeneration.

Mark Mitchener, Managing Director of Rydon Construction, added: “Packington demonstrates how resident-led consultation is driving the regeneration of this part of Islington into a thriving community of high quality new homes and facilities, as well as providing economic and training opportunities for local people. We are proud to continue this long-standing partnership with Hyde and our delivery partners.”

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