King Square Area Framework and Implementation
Name Of Project
King Square Area Framework
Islington Borough Council
and EC1 NDC
Urban | Public
A spatial plan and strategy for physical improvements to King Square, Islington, developed with community and stakeholder consensus, leading to the implementation of a number of small-scale priority projects which tackled anti-social behavior, management and maintenance issues.
An in-depth site analysis and process of community engagement and consultation led to a strong understanding of the neighbourhood compiled from co-produced material audits, movement maps, crime opportunity maps and historic documents. The framework components include homezones, park improvements, a new park building, and various small-scale interventions to enhance feelings of safety.
For instance, the Barnabus House undercroft had historically attracted antisocial behavior but was also an important physical connection between Central Square and King Square. The infilling of this undercroft with a ‘lightbox’ made from coloured Reglit glazing has transformed this space with improved sight lines, better lighting and higher quality street surfacing.
A comprehensive reworking of King Square Street developed in association with Homes for Islington, Greenspace and Islington Highways transformed this dead end previously used for parking into a safe, well used shared surface enhancing the backdrop of the church, the park and the surrounding housing.