Our redevelopment of the Packington Estate in Islington has been held up as a shining example of estate regeneration, with its tenure-blind apartments, focus on family housing, desirable location and careful integration into its heritage surroundings.
In 2004, Islington Council took the decision to redevelop the Packington Estate, built in the 1960s, after discovering structural flaws. Following extensive consultation, the homes were transferred to Hyde in 2006 and, in 2007, we started redevelopment, working with contractor Rydon and architect Pollard Thomas Edwards architects.
The original 538 homes next to the Regent’s Canal, on the eastern edge of Islington, were demolished and replaced with 791 new homes. Of these, 491 were made available at sub-market rates and the remaining 300 were built for outright sale, to cross-subsidise the affordable housing. The new homes included 135, three, four, five and six bedroom houses.
In 2015, we worked with the Prince's Foundation to produce a report using the Packington Estate as an example of successful estate regeneration. The report outlines Six Steps to successful estate regeneration (PDF, 340KB): flexible long-term funding; supporting councils to take a long term view of their housing stock; good local engagement; open discussions throughout regeneration (which can take years); using good design to increase housing density and reducing red tape.
Packington has won many accolades, most recently the Best partnership award at the 2019 National Housing Awards.
“Packington is a shining example of how we can all work together to get everything right, from resident involvement, through to building design. In an ever-changing city, like London, it is crucial we continue to work in partnership to provide much-needed and high-quality housing.”David Lunts, GLA Executive Director of Housing and Land