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Ceremony marks the start of regeneration for Crouch Hill Park

  • Date: 24 May 2011
  • Author: Caroline Horrocks
Regeneration works that will include a new carbon-neutral school for Ashmount Primary and improved community facilities in the local area are underway. A 'ground breaking' ceremony was held at Crouch Hill Park to mark the start of works last week. Ashmount School - currently based in Archway - will be relocated into a brand new building on Crouch Hill Park open space. It will be the only primary school in the country with a zero-carbon rating. The entire Crouch Hill Park site is being redeveloped to offer a range of services for local residents, including improved recreational space and child care services. Better facilities will be available for children and young people, with a new building for Bowlers Nursery and the refurbishment of the CAPE Youth Centre. Children from Ashmount School and Bowlers Nursery came along to the event and helped to replant a tree transferred from another part of the site, to mark the occasion. Leader of Islington Council, Cllr Catherine West, was also among the assembled guests. Cllr West, said: "The work now beginning on site will transform this whole area. A lot of people have worked very hard to make sure this project takes place and it's fantastic to see their efforts now starting to pay off. "We're on the side of our community and this development will benefit everyone from Ashmount Primary School and Bowlers Nursery in their brand new first-class buildings, to the local residents using the recreational space and the young people who spend their time at the CAPE" Ashmount School will reopen in its new location in October 2012. Head of Ashmount School, Pana McGee, said: "I am delighted that we are part of this wonderful opportunity to combine the build of a first-class school provision with the regeneration of such a special and valuable green space." The plans for the new Ashmount School were recently awarded top marks by BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment) in recognition of its sustainable design. Crouch Hill Park is a nature reserve, home to birds, invertebrates and bats, including some species that are locally uncommon or declining. In order to protect these and encourage more species to populate the area, the new school design includes a brown roof, climbing plants on walls, an area of planted grassland and wildflowers and more woodland. Islington Council contracted Willmott Dixon to carry out the building of the new Ashmount School and redevelopment of Crouch Hill Park. Chris Tredget, Managing Director from Willmott Dixon, said: "We are delighted to have started work on what is truly a landmark scheme. Islington's commitment to sustainability is outstanding and it is a joy to work with a client whose values align so closely to our own. Our team is determined to deliver a superb facility for the community that they, Islington and everyone that is involved in the project can be very proud of." Ends