King Square’s first and oldest resident, Thomas Turney was invited to the site recently by Higgins to mark the first stage of works for the King Square Estate development scheme in Islington. Thomas witnessed the demolition of the bungalows that were joined to Turnpike House and marks the first phase of construction on site.
Thomas, a former builder and shop fitter, moved from across the street onto the estate in 1965 and is now the oldest resident on site, at the grand age of 95. He spent time on site meeting fellow tradesmen and chatting about how much has changed to the area over the years.
Michael Dennis, Project Manager for Higgins Construction comments, “It was wonderful to have Thomas visit us on site and tell us all his stories and memories he has of living in the area. The redevelopment of King Square marks the next chapter in the history of the area and we are proud that Thomas could witness it.”
Thomas commented on his visit, “I really enjoyed the morning. It was a great surprise for me and the last thing I expected to happen. I am really thankful and touched.”
Higgins has been contracted by Islington Council to carry out the King Square Estate development and regeneration scheme, which includes the construction of six new blocks delivering 140 homes - 98 affordable dwellings (93 for social rent and five shared ownership) and 42 private residential for sale. Other notable redevelopment works includes the refurbishment of the community nursery at Rahere House, creating communal storage areas, estate landscaping and public realm improvements.