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Hornsey Road Baths

2002–2009
Islington

Client Grainger

Site area 1.03

Number of homes 208

Homes per hectare 217

Local authority London Borough of Islington

The transformation of derelict public baths into a sequence of new public squares and streets has created 200 new apartments, offices for Islington Council and a children’s centre. The listed gatehouse building was restored, with its famous Diving Lady neon sign, and the boiler-house chimney became the centre-piece of a glazed foyer.

PTE supported Grainger in its winning bid, provided a full service from concept to completion and was novated to the building contractor.

“It’s great to see the area surrounding the old baths given a new lease of life. The site has been lying fallow for fifteen years and is well due the work being undertaken. The baths are a focal point for residents, steeped in wonderful local history. The development gives the area a very promising future. Grainger were chosen as preferred developers because of the pioneering spirit of the development that they presented to us. It is going to set a standard for affordable new property across London and we’re really proud to be behind that.”

Cllr Terry Stacy, London Borough of Islington

“There’s definitely a hunger for period property with character. Not all developers have a reputation for good quality build and there’s a scarcity value that makes schemes such as this good value in the long term.”

Julien Mills, Associate Director, Savills

“The scheme transforms a site that has been dead and impenetrable for years, creating a lively new neighbourhood. It’s exciting to be involved in a project that so successfully unites the aims of both public and private sector organisations and one that is making a real difference to Islington.”

Andrew Beharrell, Senior Partner, PTE

Awards

  • Building for Life 2009 — Gold Standard
  • London Planning Award 2009 — Finalist

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