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