PR company Newington Communications held two public exhibition days (4.00pm–8.00pm, Friday 7 July and 11.00am–3.00pm, Saturday 8 July 2017 in the Whittington Education Centre) to present the plans of Peabody’s proposed regeneration of the Archway Campus. The display boards and other information from the exhibition are on the Peabody website.
Peabody has chosen award-winning and Kentish Town-based architects Hawarth Tompkins to produce the development scheme for the old university campus, called the Holborn Union site. They are planning to redevelop as a residential-led mixed use development including social rent, shared ownership and outright sale.
Peabody is currently at an early stage of developing ideas and wants to hear what local people think about the site and how the development can contribute positively to the local area and is holding an introductory public consultation event for people to do that: Friday 6th February 2015 - 3.30pm to 7.30pm Saturday 7th February 2015 - 10am to 2pm Education Centre, Whittington Hospital - at the north of the hospital site, on the right of the roadway which continues beyond the roundabout outside the A&E entrance.
Peabody has said it would be happy to consider incorporating a cinema to complement the Odeon on Holloway Road and the BFI (British Film Institute) is actively seeking a community to host a small cinema so this could be an option.
Suggestions concerning this can be made to Peabody, either at the event or by email at email@example.com.
The University campus between Archway Road and Highgate Hill is currently being sold by UCL and Middlesex Universities. During the summer of 2013 Islington produced a Conservation Area statement to protect it, highlighting the benefits of returning the grounds to their original gardens, so buyers will now have to work with the original buildings rather than demolishing most of them, as was proposed by some potential purchasers.
Since then the Peabody won the contract to redevelop the Campus. As it is now a Conservation Area any development must maintain the Victorian buildings and new build must reflect its heritage value. They plan a £150 million investment that will provide 450 homes, 50% of which will have an affordable element, a mix of social rent and shared ownership and they are also open to other ideas such as co-housing. Peabody are keen to open the site up to encourage community use and are looking at options with Islington and local groups. One idea is to move Archway library onto the site.
It’s early days and they are not rushing as they want to get it right. They will be holding an architectural competition to get the best ideas from around 20 architects. They will be continuing to talk and listen to local people and the Council, culminating in more formal public consultation events over the next few months. We welcome this initiative and look forward to being a partner with Peabody to ensure a visually striking development of real benefit to all who live and work here.