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Inventory Site Record

Radnor Street Gardens (Islington)

Brief Description

Surrounded by the austere 17-storey housing that was built for Finsbury Borough Council in 1959-60, Radnor Street Gardens were laid out on undulating ground with shrubs, paths and a playground. The garden was re-designed in 2006/7with improved play and recreation facilities, and new landscaping, and re-opened in July 2008. The inclusive playground was developed in consultation with children from Richard Cloudesley School.

Practical Information
Site location:
Radnor Street/Lizard Street
Postcode:
EC1V 3QZ
What 3 Words:
craft.clever.rungs
Type of site:
Public Gardens
Borough:
Islington
Open to public?
Yes
Opening times:
8am - dusk
Special conditions:
Facilities:
Inclusive play equipment, tarmac ball court
Events:
Public transport:
Rail: Old Street. Tube: Old Street (Northern). Bus: 43, 205, 215
Research updated:
01/08/2010
Last minor changes:
19/07/2023

Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.islington.gov.uk/services/parks-environment/parks/your_parks/greenspace_az

Full Site Description

Radnor Street Gardens are surrounded by housing built for Finsbury Borough Council in 1959-60 by architects Emberton, Franck and Tardrew, austere 17-storey blocks constructed of prefabricated units, an early use of this method of building. The public gardens were laid out on undulating ground with shrubs, paths, and a playground, with gates on Lizard Street. In 2006 Islington Council, in partnership with EC1 New Deal Communities and the London Marathon Trust, appointed Breeze Landscape Architects to re-design the gardens, which by then were rather neglected. In consultation with the public, the works included improved play facilities and accessibility, new planting of trees and shrubs, a quiet area, seating and footpaths. The garden was re-opened on 22 July 2008 by the Mayor of Islington.

Sources consulted:

Bridget Cherry & Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England: London 4: North (Penguin, 1998)

Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
Grid ref:
TQ323825 (532370,182530)
Size in hectares:
0.31
Site ownership:
LB Islington
Site management:
Greenspace
Date(s):
1959-60
Designer(s):
Listed structures:
None
On National Heritage List for England (NHLE), Parks & Gardens:

No
Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:

No
Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:

No

Local Authority Data

The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.

On Local List:
No
In Conservation Area:
No
Tree Preservation Order:
No
Nature Conservation Area:
No
Green Belt:
No
Metropolitan Open Land:
No
Special Policy Area:
No
Other LA designation:
None

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