Higgins Construction and Islington Council held a ‘Meet the Contractor Open Evening’ on 14th January where members of the local community were invited to view plans and drawings on the regeneration of the King Square Estate.
After two years of extensive consultation and collaboration with residents King Square Estate was granted planning permission in 2015. The scheme will provide 140 new homes, 70% of which will be affordable, a refurbished nursery and new community facility on constrained in-fill sites within the existing estate.
Michael Dennis, Project Manager for Higgins Construction said, “It was a great event and pitched at just the right level, I am really looking forward to this contract - it is going to be challenging but we have set out our stall really well and have approached the job in the right way which includes understanding the residents and client’s needs.”
Mark Bradbury, Director for Higgins Construction at King Square comments, “These type of consultation events are extremely important to us as they allow us to forge positive relationships with the estate’s residents and local community and keep them up to date with key milestones happening on site. Visitors were able to meet the project team including the architect who will be working on the project.
“Before Christmas we were also keen to communicate the message of safety on building sites to children so we held a drawing competition with local children to win an art set. Carolina Gonzaga was the lucky winner. Following the event, we will issue a newsletter to the whole of the estate containing frequently asked questions along with an update of the works.”
Receipts from the sale of 42 private market sale apartments will provide the funding for £2 million of estate improvements and £ 8 million for the construction of a new primary school on Moreland Street. The first phase is due to start shortly.