A sustainable heating system is amongst a number of energy efficient and sustainable community measures making up the redevelopment of this mixed-use estate in Islington.

All new buildings on the Packington estate maintain sustainable principles, achieving an Excellent Sustainable Homes Accreditation for the first two phases. Rydon has used CHP technology, passive solar design, high levels of insulation, energy efficient lighting and variable speed drives. Whole-house ventilation (including heat recovery) helps to achieve a carbon emission saving of at least 40%.   

The estate is heated by CHP plant, a wood pellet biomass boiler and gas-fired boilers as well as a large heat store, all linked to a new single energy centre. The sustainable community heating system meets the energy demand of the 521 affordable houses and flats: 301 private flats, Community Centre, Youth Centre, workshops, and commercial units.

The local environment has been enhanced by retaining and adding a large amount of green space. A green corridor established along the canal protects existing and encourages new wildlife habitats, alongside the creation of two new London Squares. Sensitive lighting along the canal path ensures safety for towpath users, whilst protecting bat migration routes. Green roofs on apartment blocks continue the corridor above ground level.

A balanced community is being created through housing long-standing social residents in some of the best locations, for example in canal-side homes by Regents Canal and in Union Square, as well as having apartments for private sale. 100% of the affordable housing meets ‘Lifetime Homes’ standard and 10% of the housing is wheelchair accessible.

“The Packington Estate is being transformed from isolated blocks of intimidating and soulless housing into a living community with real heart and purpose. I never in my life thought I would get a home as spacious as this and it is by far the best of its type in London, it really feels like a palace!”  Mrs. Yurukogullari, Packington Estate resident.

Training and skills

Residents have been trained to become debt and money advisers and helped into employment and training.
Working with The Prince’s Trust’s 'Get into Construction' programme, 21 young people from Islington have gained CSCS cards – essential to secure work on a construction site. Eight paid placements, two full-time apprenticeships and a full-time member of staff have all been recruited from the local area so far with Rydon, with subsequent schemes in the pipeline throughout the project.