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Highbury Estate Islington

Estate improvements with a specific intention to improve community safety


The community had received a landscape grant for estate improvements with a specific intention to improve community safety.  This could have been spent on lighting, planting, play or general landscape.  The estate had poor access and significant issues with anti-social behaviour.


The solution was to identify a strategy to make residents and visitors feel safe by removing buildings that had become the focus of anti-social behaviour. Large communal bins that had been blocking the entrance to the estate were re-located to new purpose designed bin stores. A new community plaza was built with a pergola linking it to the playground beyond and new planting beds filled with colourful perennials were created adjacent to the block entrances.

Anna worked with the residents and local community to help them identify the best way to use the grant to improve their estate, before obtaining planning permission and letting and overseeing the contract for the landscape changes.


The improvement of the main entry space onto the estate had a real impact on the morale of the residents and visitors to the estate.  The removal of the sheds opened up a whole new circulation space and gave the estate a new entrance.


Project Name: Highbury Estate Islington
Project Type: Landscape Design, Landscape Strategy
Location: London, UK
Date: 2004
Contract Value: £30,000


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