Located next to the Regent’s Canal on the eastern edge of Islington, the award winning Packington Estate regeneration scheme is a 50:50 Joint Venture with the Hyde Group. A total of 538 structurally defective flats have been replaced with 791 mixed-tenure homes over 6 phases of build, decant, demolish.
The masterplan focused on cracking open the estate, opening access routes and reconnecting the community with the surrounding area. Clusters of low-rise buildings blend with neighbouring terraces. The historic street pattern has been reinstated and Union Square restored with a street of replica housing.
Innovative employment initiatives formed an integral part of the estate’s economic regeneration. The first ever Prince’s Trust ‘Get into Construction’ programme to be held totally on a live construction site was successfully held at Packington for local, young unemployed people. Since then, six further two-week training and experience programmes have been held, and over 60 young people have gained CSCS cards, necessary to secure employment on any construction site. One of the stars of the initiative is Georgia Hardy who won the 2014 Pride of Britain Young Achievers Award.
In January 2016, Packington was hailed as an exemplar of successful regeneration to ‘revive some of the most deprived estates’ by the UK Government. It formed part of the launch of the then Prime Minister’s (David Cameron) proposals to transform 100 of the most rundown housing estates across the country.
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!”
Packington Estate social housing resident