• Architecture
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Housing

Royal Free Square, Islington


Royal Free Square was a collaboration between us, another professional team and two clients working in parallel. The redevelopment provides 182 dwellings and a day centre. It has been created within refurbished listed buildings integrated with new housing on a tight and complex site. The final design has a series of linked intimate urban spaces of differing scales to create new vistas.

Artist Jane Ackroyd established a residency here and as a result, the landscape incorporates metal sculptures inspired by workshops with the new residents.

Project Details:

Creating new homes and a day centre within listed buildings.

Client: New Islington and Hackney Housing Association

Construction Value: £1.6m

Completion: 1993

Location: Islington


  • RIBA/DoE Housing Awards 1993
  • Civic Trust Awards 1993
  • Civic Trust Urban Housing Awards 1993
  • Europa Nostra 1993

Image: Peter Durant