Camden's 'architectural estate' steps closer to £1.2million green makeover

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By JulieGK | Monday, December 17, 2012, 21:36

Camden Council could soon receive Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) money to restore parkland in the historic Alexandra and Ainsworth estate.

The Council's planning department recently accepted the planning application and the public now have several weeks to comment before it goes to the planning committee.

The estate is the most famous project created by Camden's architects in the '60s and '70s, when Council housing design was overhauled.

Designed by Neave Brown, Alexandra Road attracted international attention for its innovative design, and in 1993 it was officially recognised with a grade 2 listing by English Heritage.

The park which is due for restoration was designed by landscape architect, Janet Jack who is also closely involved in the restoration and conservation of the park.

Councillor Julian Fulbrook, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: "It is exciting to see that we are a step closer to being granted Heritage Lottery Funding. This amount of money would make a real difference to an estate which has huge significance architecturally not only for Camden but the UK."

"Upgrading the park area would also be of great benefit to all the residents who live on the estate."

The £1.2 million pot would go towards a re-design of the playground, paths and planting, as well as a full time park keeper. The proposal passed the first stage of the HLF 'parks for people' funding application process in February 2011, and the Council will find out if they make it to round two in early 2013.

HLF funding has already been used to undertake a conservation management plan for the area, appoint a project manager and commission a landscape design company.

The park due for refurbishment is set in the grounds of the estate.

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