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Bennetts unveils new public space at City Road basin

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Bennetts Associates has completed this £5 million public space scheme in Islington, London

Part of the City Road Basin housing scheme masterplanned by Bennetts, the new canalside space features three stainless steel chimneys, which ventilate an electricity substation below.

The public space is a primary access point for the housing scheme. The affordable element is designed by Bennetts and now on site, the project is scheduled for completion in February 2012.

Rab Bennetts of Bennetts Associates said: ‘Islington has very few open spaces so the transformation of this hidden backwater into a lively public space will have an important impact on enriching the area’s public realm.

‘Six years ago, during the consultation period, the public showed more interest in the new civic spaces than any other element of the masterplan, which highlighted to us, the need to create open spaces which bring the canal back to life.

‘The start on-site of the residential development is an exciting moment for the practice. 259 City Road will enhance the visual identity of the area and importantly bring much needed additional affordable housing to Islington.’

London Assembly Green Party member Jennie Jones criticised an earlier version of the scheme as ‘grotesque’ and ‘out of character’.

City Road Basin, public space

Source: Tim Crocker

City Road Basin, public space

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