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Caledonian Clock Tower project

Find out about proposed improvements to the historic clock tower.

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.

The building work is due to start in October and will be completed by summer 2018. The park will remain open to visitors during the construction period. This will include the children’s playground.

You can read more about the project at Islington Life, our local online magazine.

Project updates (PDF files)

July 2017  |  December 2016 | September 2017 | Site Set Up Plan

Elements of the project

Essential repairs will be made to the clock tower to ensure it is preserved for future generations, and also to allow it to be open to the public on a more regular basis. The renovation will include work to the original bells, balcony and staircase.

The original market railings on Market Road and Shearling Way will also be repaired and restored, and a small heritage centre built (the ‘Cally Clock Tower Centre’) with space for community and education activities.

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 will employ a new Learning Officer and a Heritage Officer in early 2018. 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.

Calling volunteers

We have some great opportunities for volunteers in a range of roles – from gardening and clock tower stewarding to developing interpretation materials and helping with various learning programmes and other activities. Email greenspace@islington.gov.uk for more information.

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