Packington Estate in Islington sets the benchmark for the Prime Minister’s pledge to transform housing estates

Located next to the Regent’s Canal on the eastern edge of Islington, Packington is being redeveloped by the Hyde Group and Rydon to designs by Pollard Thomas Edwards. 791 homes will 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 an exemplar of estate regeneration with its tenure-blind apartments, a focus on family housing, its location of social-rented homes on the prime canal frontage, and careful integration into its surroundings. Residents were closely involved in the choice of development team and the evolution of the design.

The scheme aims to reintegrate the old estate into the surrounding area by reinstating the pattern of Victorian streets and elegant squares typical to Islington. Towards the borders of the neighbourhood, family houses with private gardens blend seamlessly with the surrounding original housing stock: the inclusion in PTE’s masterplan of a high proportion of proper family houses has been a key factor in the success of the scheme.

Hyde’s recent report, with the Prince’s Foundation for Building Communities, Estate regeneration – six steps to success, explores this approach more fully, focusing on the Packington Estate as an example of successful estate regeneration.

David Lunts, 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.”

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