A community workshop was held via video call on Thursday 20th August 2020 to explore and discuss the proposals for the public realm and open spaces.

An advertisement inviting people to register their interest for the workshop was posted on the project website a week in advance of the session. Community Plan 4 Holloway also circulated the advertisement link to their networks as pre-agreed with the project team. Joining details were then sent on to those who had registered their interest.

A total of 10 people attended the workshop including representatives from Community Plan 4 Holloway.

The workshop was facilitated by Iceni Projects with project landscape architects Exterior Architecture presenting their proposals for discussion ahead of more detailed design work commencing.

The first part of the workshop focussed on the landscape led approach to the masterplan and the influence drawn from the site’s history. The second half of the session then explored the different landscape spaces proposed as a part of the new development.

You can download and view a copy of the presentation here.

You can also watch a video of the workshop below if you were unable to attend the session.

Video of the workshop session


Overall, the feedback on the public realm and open spaces during the session was constructive with some useful suggestions made.

A summary of the topics raised by participants are listed below:

  1. General discussion around daylight sunlight
  2. The size of the open space and how this addresses the need for public open space in the wider area
  3. The need to better understand the requirement for a two way road across the central open space, and a strong desire to minimise vehicular access into the site. Please note this will be a topic for discussion at a future workshop on movement in and around the site.
  4. Wheelchair access to the terraced spaces on Camden Road / Parkhurst Road
  5. Public and resident access to the courtyard gardens
  6. The challenge of resident courtyards catering for all users – children, young people, young adults, etc., without causing problems for others, for instance, noise disruption
  7. The impact of retaining existing trees on the daylight and sunlight in the new homes
  8. The potential for underground food production
  9. Edible and productive landscapes managed by the local community
  10. Public art or landscaping features inspired by the site’s history such as abstract cell-like structures – a clearer legacy of the former use as a prison
  11. Achieving a balance between SUDS features and the usability of the open space
  12. The carbon footprint of the landscaping and public realm


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