Delivering Estate Renewal: Packington

As part of Future of London’s ongoing programme, Delivering Estate Renewal, we will be visiting the Packington Estate in LB Islington on 15th October to check in on the progress of this acclaimed eight-year project.

Built in the 1960s, in 2004 Islington council took the decision to redevelop the estate after discovering structural flaws. After extensive consultation, a stock transfer to Hyde Housing took place in 2006 and redevelopment began in 2007, led by Rydon and designed by architects Pollard Thomas Edwards.


Located next to the Regent’s Canal on the eastern edge of Islington, the estate is being redeveloped with 820 homes to replace the 538 originally on the site (491 will be available at sub-market rates). The new homes include 85 houses and 135 family-sized units.

With three of six phases now complete, the redevelopment has already won several awards and been held up as a shining example of estate renewal. Tenure-blind apartments, a focus on family housing, location of social-rented units by the canal, and careful integration into its heritage surroundings have all brought praise; Estates Gazette called the scheme ‘truly commendable’.

This Future of London field trip will examine the progress of the renewal programme to date, hearing from key stakeholders along the way. Among the topics for discussion will be: funding and delivery structures; consultation and resident engagement; how to ensure high quality design; building successful partnerships; and the future of estate renewal in London.

The end of the visit (5-5:30) will include an update on London’s housing situation from David Lunts, GLA Executive Director of Housing & Land, with the chance for discussion.

This visit is free to attend but booking is essential as spaces are limited. To register your interest, please email and we will confirm if you have secured a place.

When: Thursday, 15 October 2015, 3.30-5.30 PM

Where: Packington Estate, Islington N1 7UD. Joining instructions will be forwarded after confirmation

Click here to read more about Future of London’s Delivering Estate Renewal series