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Visit to Islington Square

As part of our educational programme, we are thrilled to be able to visit a site which brings together a range of design and construction concepts. The location of the site, its context, history and brief make Islington Square a highly complex project with numerous lessons we can learn from.
Galliard Homes, in collaboration with CZWG Architects, has kindly agreed to host our visit to share its experience with attendees.
Development overview Islington Square is a £400m mixed-use development, designed by CZWG architects. Located in the
heart of Islington, it incorporates over 170,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space. It also features 263 high-quality apartments, an aparthotel, a leisure centre, a cinema and office space. The contractor is Galliard Homes and the developer is Cain International,
a privately held real estate investment firm operating in Europe and the United States.
The design
CZWG was employed in 2003 to design the redevelopment of the historic northern Royal Mail district office.
The buildings are designed to reflect the rich heritage of the sites past yet embrace the character of its local community.
The principle entrance to the site is through the Grade II listed former Post Office building which has been carefully restored and modernised. This leads to the adjoining complex of grand Edwardian buildings within their conservation area context. CZWG Architects redeveloped its unique heritage with brand new concepts.
Galliard Homes joined the team in 2015 to construct the scheme. The development has been restored to retain the original Edwardian red brick facades, while new design interventions contrast the existing structures through an architecture of curves.
The design of the homes range from studios, maisonettes to penthouses and incorporate 36% of affordable housing. The outdoor space has been carefully considered with landscaped courtyards and spacious roof gardens.
Key features
  • Mixed-use development including 263 private and affordable apartments, a six-screen Odeon cinema, a Third Space gym and office space, alongside retail and restaurant units on ground and first floor levels
  • It encompasses the carefully restored Grade II listed former Post Office on Upper Street and several retained and remodelled Edwardian buildings as well as one completely new block
  • Integration of modern organic design using curved buildings
  • Internal landscaped courtyards and roof gardens
  • New public realm
  • Community infrastructure and public realm integration particularly due to its central location in Islington, London
Event agenda
  • 17:30-18:00 – Welcome
  • 18:00 – 18:05 – Hello from NAWIC and introduce speaker number 1: Lesley Lawson
  • 18:05 – 18:20 – Lesley Lawson on Islington Square
  • 18:20 – 18:25 – Introduce speaker number 2: Astrid Rehwald
  • 18:25 – 18:40 – Astrid Rehwald on Islington Square
  • 18:40 – 19:30 – Walk around the site
  • 19:30 – 20:30 – Q&A and networking at the pub nearby; location TBC
Signing up
Registration will be open to members and non-members of NAWIC subject to ticket availability.
Tickets are limited – please notify us if you wish to cancel
Please bring your own hat, vests and boots.
Tickets will not be refundable and all proceedings from this event will be go towards our Educational Fund.
  • The Fund (set up in 2016) is regional and generated both by setting aside 25% of the proceedings from our regular events (after paying for all costs) and 100% of our site visits.
  • We use the Fund money to pay for the materials we need to deliver our educational events (at universities, schools and girl guiding) and to cover the costs of sponsored tickets and a number of free tickets to benefit our partner organisations.
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