Islington Square | Creating a Successful Mixed Use Development

CZWG Director David Donachie spoke about the success of NLA award-winning regeneration scheme Islington Square on a panel at the Alliance of Construction Networks breakfast last month. Learning from Islington Square, below are our key considerations for successful mixed-use development.

Community Aspirations: Understanding what is special about the neighbourhood and providing a relevant mix of uses and facilities to encourage belonging

Placemaking: Creating a varied experience for visitors and residents through both architectural character and social activity

Mix: Curating the mix of flexible commercial space for retail and office use that is balanced with the residents who will live there

Legible Entrances & Connectivity: Creating new gateways and pedestrian links that will reinforce connections with the wider community

Public Realm: Providing high-quality, inclusively designed and desirable public realm that links with the surrounding neighbourhoods and publicly accessible spaces

Vibrancy: Creating a strategy to encourage the public into a commercially exciting and vibrant space

Integration of Services: Managing complex logistics and careful planning to successfully integrate the servicing strategy with the public realm

Communal Amenity: Providing secure and quality communal spaces is crucial to the success of a new community.

David is a Director of CZWG’s delivery expertise and services. He led the construction of Islington Square and is currently managing several mixed-use projects on site, including Colindale Gardens on behalf of Redrow Homes, 130 homes in Tottenham Hale for United Living and Argent, and 16 buildings (four retained and two listed) on the Jewellery Quarter development in Birmingham for Galliard Homes. 

Find out more about our mixed-use project experience here