Planning Success in Islington

Planning Success in Islington

Quatro has helped House of Illustration secure planning permission for the redevelopment of the historic New River Head site in Islington.

Tim Ronalds Architects has developed a sensitive scheme to repurpose the four 18th- and 19th-century industrial buildings and half an acre of surrounding land to redevelop New River Head into the UK’s only public arts space dedicated to illustration.

Quatro organised a community engagement programme to ensure that local residents could have their say on the proposals, involving a series on online presentations which enabled the House of Illustration’s professional team to discuss the proposals with residents and respond to the issues raised before submitting a planning application.

Following the grant of planning permission, the House of Illustration said:

“Thank you for all your work consulting residents with us. We were so pleased to have had many supportive comments in the report and it proved very beneficial to have anticipated and responded to concerns at an early stage.”

Encompassing galleries, a learning studio, public gardens, a shop and a café, the renamed Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration will be the national centre for illustration: a unique destination for art-lovers, illustrators, families, schools and colleges; and the catalyst for exhibitions and activities across the UK. It will also become a permanent home for the archive of the organisation’s founder, Sir Quentin Blake, with selections from his archive of more than 40,000 works on permanent display.


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