The Heritage Lottery Fund confirmed a grant award of £1,873,300 in December 2016. This will fund our vision to revitalise Caledonian Park and secure the future of its clock tower.
We are pleased to say that all of the repair work and redecorating of the outside of the clock tower is complete.
The Heritage Centre and café have really taken shape, despite delays caused by supplier issues, and we're happy to report that the contractors are now in a position to implement the final construction elements of the building. We expect the work to be complete in April.
We’re planning a launch event and a series of open days for you to come learn about the history of the site and experience the views from the clock tower. More details to follow soon.
Please CallyPark@islington.gov.uk, Heritage Ranger, or call 07825098458 for more information about the project.
New staff and security
Once the project has been completed the clock tower will open to the public on a regular basis, giving free access for people to climb it and enjoy the panoramic views across London.
We have already employed a new Learning Officer and a Heritage Officer and some existing members of our Greenspace and Heritage teams will also help to run community activities.
The presence of these regular site staff and activities being run from the centre will help to deter anti-social behaviour during the day.
The building has been designed to provide a high level of security and deter vandalism. Designs for the centre include CCTV which is linked to our security control room, operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week
Volunteers needed at Caledonian Park
We will be running a range of exciting events, tours and learning activities for families, adults and school groups that will bring to life this fascinating historic site and we are looking for enthusiastic and passionate volunteers to help us.
Do you have an interest in local history? Are you passionate about nature and parks? Or would you just like an opportunity to meet new people and learn new skills? No previous experience is required and all necessary training will be provided.
We will be running some open days in September where you can find out more about the project, roles and application process. If you would like to register your interest for attending an open day or would like to find out more about our roles and apply now please contact us.
Find out more about the history of the site.