Over the past two months students at Tufnell Park Primary School have been busy learning about the former Holloway Prison site in Islington and the process of designing a new masterplan and open spaces as a part of its redevelopment.

Socially distanced workshops were held during lockdown with two class pods, each made up of 15 Year 6 students, who were given the opportunity to create their own designs for the new open spaces which will go on to inspire the site’s masterplan.

The first workshop introduced the Prison’s fascinating history. The students were also taken on a virtual site tour, available to view on the project website.

Subsequent workshops explored what an architect needs to consider and what inspires them to create designs for a new development. The students were encouraged to think about their area and mark out the local spaces and places that were special to them on a map.

It was then time to get designing. Exterior Architecture, the landscape architects for the project led a workshop session where they asked the students to draw, model or make their own play tower, nature garden or roof terrace for the new development.

Peabody were impressed with the designs that the student’s presented to them which ranged from exciting and colourful spaces for fun and play to calming green spaces for relaxation and contemplation.
These creative workshops helped to give the children an insight into a regeneration project in their area, as well as an understanding of how a masterplan is designed.

Peabody look forward to continuing to work with local schools in the new academic year and have lots of exciting things planned in the coming months as they continue to engage with local residents and communities.

Take a look at some of the students in action and their work below:


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