The Plans

Holloway Park will be a place for the whole community to come together and be proud of, with new homes, open space and a unique and dedicated Women’s Building.

With its unique history as a women’s prison, an established local community, it was important for us to work together to develop the plans for the Holloway Park redevelopment. Throughout 2019 and 2020, we carried out extensive consultation with a wide range of groups across Islington, including tours of the old prison, exhibition events, feedback sessions and design workshops. All of the feedback received during this period was carefully considered in the masterplan which was approved by Islington Council in 2022.

New homes

Holloway Park will deliver 985 new homes in Islington, 60% of which will be affordable and 60 of which will be dedicated extra care homes.

415 social rent (council) homes will be delivered, 60 of them are Extra Care Homes for people over 55, with rents set by the Council. These homes help residents be independent while getting help with daily tasks like personal care and taking medicine.

Dedicated amenity spaces, including a lounge, sensory garden and roof terrace will be provided for these residents.

178 new shared ownership homes will be made available to existing Islington residents and a further 392 homes will be sold privately.

Homes range from 1-bed up to 4-bed, catering to a range of household sizes and needs.

Women’s Building

After the prison closed in 2016, Islington and the local community asked for a Women’s Building to be included in the Holloway Park masterplan to provide continued, committed support for women. The building will be delivered as part of Phase 1 and will be leased to an operator at a peppercorn rent.

The building provides around 1,500 sqm of safe and secure space for women. The final uses of spaces within the Women’s Building will continue to evolve as we progress towards delivery of this important new building.

Public Parks & Gardens

The new 1.4 acre public park at the centre of Holloway Park will be framed by new buildings but will be open and accessible to all, providing an area for people to meet up and come together, including a play space, an open air gym, seating and pathways and Wi-Fi hotspots. The new park will also provide opportunities for pop-up activities, such as food trucks and markets. This central park reflects the garden of the existing prison, providing a connection between past and future landscapes, and a range of useable community spaces.

Central to the design of this space is the introduction of a new play area, including a feature play tower with bridges, climbing nets and a slide, along with natural play and ecoplay trails under existing trees which we will be keeping.

The flexible lawn area provides an open space for events, such as outdoor cinemas, and sports, such as lawn games and picnics.

A new Nature Garden will provide an area dedicated to building new connections through learning, planting, growing. This community garden will be a mix of productive plots, self-grow beds, greenhouses, and an orchard for residents to maintain as their own.

New vegetation combined with the existing trees in this area provide an ‘eco-buffer’ to retain neighbours privacy and create new habitats for birds, bees, bats and bugs to flourish.

A new permanent artwork will be displayed within the new public park to reflect the true history of the site.

Encouraging pedestrians and cyclists

To ensure the site is open and inviting to the current and future community, we are introducing a new route through the site towards Tufnell Park.

Holloway Park was designed to give visitors, people working on the site and people living in the new homes excellent access to safe and secure cycle storage. This will feature designated spaces catering to a range of bicycles, accommodating the growing trend among cycle couriers and cargo bike users.

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