Green light given for new primary school and 66 homes on Golden Lane Estate

Planning committees at the City of London Corporation and in the London Borough of Islington have given the green light for a primary school and nursery, alongside 66 new homes for social rent adjacent to the Golden Lane Estate, in the Square Mile.

Final sign off was given by Islington Council on Thursday (19/07) for the scheme to regenerate the former site of Richard Cloudesley School, and adjoining City of London land, to deliver a new permanent location for City of London Primary Academy Islington (COLPAI).

The two-form entry primary school and nursery will provide 420 pupils with a new two storey school and 38 nursery positions for the education of children. The project will also deliver 66 homes for social rent.

The new school and housing will be available to both City of London and London Borough of Islington residents.

The site is partly within the St Luke’s Conservation Area and neighbours the Golden Lane Estate, which is a Grade II listed post-war era housing estate.

Randall Anderson, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Community and Children’s Services Committee, said:

“I am pleased that the City Corporation and Islington Council’s planning committees have given the go-ahead for this scheme.

“This plan addresses the pressing need for top-class primary education and affordable housing for the local community.

“I look forward to the next stage of the project and eventually seeing all the pupils, staff and residents in their new school and homes.” 

Cllr Diarmaid Ward, Islington Council’s Executive Member for Housing and Development, said: 

“London is in the grip of a massive housing crisis, and Islington is no exception. Too many Islington families are desperately in need of a secure home and the council is doing everything it can to help.

“I am delighted that this scheme has been given the go ahead, providing 33 much-needed genuinely affordable homes for Islington families, as well as essential primary school and nursery places.”

The designs, drawn up by architect HawkinsBrown on behalf of the City of London Corporation and Islington Council will create a permanent home for the school, allowing it to relocate from its temporary site at Moreland Primary School.

The 66 homes, 33 each for City Corporation and Islington Borough Council, will be provided in a new 14-storey tower fronting onto Golden Lane.

Carol Lees, Partner at HawkinsBrown said:

“HawkinsBrown is proud to be working with the City of London Corporation and Islington Council to deliver a new primary school, nursery and socially-rented homes on this site, which is at the edge of the Golden Lane Estate and the St Lukes Conservation Area.

“We are honoured to have been given what we consider to be a huge responsibility to create facilities worthy of this sensitive location.

“Our designs have been through numerous iterations, with many configurations explored to realise the site’s full potential.

“The resulting project meets the brief’s emphasis on creating great homes to live in and an inspiring school learning environment both with the design quality appropriate to this location.”

The housing element of the scheme is funded by the City Corporation. This will be through a combination of Section 106 payments and Right to Buy receipts. The new school is being funded by the Education Skills and Funding Agency (EFA).

Notes to editors

The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK. www.cityoflondon.gov.uk