Isledon Village

Isledon Village, Islington

A 1990s mixed-tenure project with 211 dwellings, situated in south-west Finsbury Park

Isledon Village - photo by Hidden London

‘Isle­don’ is an old form of ‘Isling­ton’, although the estate is sim­ply named after the road on which it is locat­ed. The sev­en-acre site for­mer­ly con­sist­ed of indus­tri­al build­ings beside the rail­way.

Shops and stalls on near­by Fonthill Road spe­cialise in afford­able design­er clothes and there were pro­pos­als to build a nation­al fash­ion cen­tre here. How­ev­er, these were aban­doned after Fins­bury Park res­i­dents pressed for the site to be put a more local­ly ori­ent­ed use.

Sev­er­al hous­ing asso­ci­a­tions col­lab­o­rat­ed to build flats and maisonettes in 1994 and a sec­ond, small­er phase of mod­u­lar town hous­es was com­plet­ed in 1999.

Com­mu­ni­ty facil­i­ties include a doctor’s surgery, a self-built nurs­ery, work­spaces and open space with a children’s play area. A nurs­ing home cares for elder­ly peo­ple and those with dis­abil­i­ties or men­tal health prob­lems.

The vil­lage drew praise for its inte­grat­ed approach to urban design. In The Build­ings of Eng­land (Lon­don 4: North), Brid­get Cher­ry writes, “The tall, flat-front­ed three-storey ter­races of two-storey hous­es with flats above and in the cor­ner pavil­ions are equal­ly urban in char­ac­ter, and dis­play the inven­tive eclec­ti­cism char­ac­ter­is­tic of this firm [Hunt Thomp­son]. Neo­clas­si­cal allu­sions but also pic­turesque vari­ety intro­duced by mon­poitch roofs and cut-away cor­ners.” How­ev­er, some crit­ics dis­liked the ‘dead end’ lay­out.

Postal district: N7


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