What’s Your Finsbury Park? (sponsored content)
Finsbury Park is undergoing a transformation. Over recent years, lots of new businesses have been popping up, giving residents fantastic shopping and leisure amenities on their doorstep. Regeneration schemes have seen improvements to the station façade, railway bridges and the arrival of the Park Theatre to name a few. We look here at how the local landscape is changing, while preserving Finsbury Park’s unique heritage.
Significant investment is helping to transform high streets on Stroud Green Road, Blackstock Road and Fonthill Road. Some local businesses are looking forward to shop front upgrades by the beginning of 2017, while clutter will disappear from the streets and new wayfinding boards will help people to explore the area.
Internationally acclaimed artist Morag Myerscough has been commissioned to design a public art lighting project under the rail bridges. Due to launch early in 2017, it will provide a vibrant and welcoming gateway to the area.
Getting around is going to get easier too, with investment in the tube and rail station, including step-free access along with the creation of a new street, to provide access from Wells Terrace to the new western ticket hall.
New jobs and business opportunities
Developments such as City North are bringing significant investment into the area, while creating jobs and apprenticeship opportunities for local people. The burgeoning creative and cultural sector is creating further employment opportunities for young people.
Space for creativity
The budding reputation of Finsbury Park as one of the capital’s leading artistic hubs is reflected in the development of some fantastic creative spaces. The Park Theatre opened to critical acclaim in May 2013. It’s a welcoming and vibrant place which includes two state-of-the art performance spaces, all day café bar and boasts a dedicated floor for community and outreach work.
A stone’s throw from the theatre is John Jones, a family run arts business which has been in the area for more than 20 years, delivering bespoke framing and conservation services for artists, galleries and museums around the world. Their new headquarters is the Arts Building which includes 5,000 square feet of office space and accommodation for University of Arts students.
Platform is a stunning creative hub for young people. The former Hornsey Road Baths laundry was transformed in 2011 into a theatre, performance space, media suites, a recording studio, dance studio and a café.
New homes and facilities
City North is the largest development in Islington since the building of the Arsenal Emirates Stadium. Due to finish in 2019, this much anticipated development will bring 355 new homes alongside a cinema, a supermarket, a health and fitness club and other shops, restaurants and cafes to the area.
Bringing it all together
The Finsbury Park Regeneration Board includes representatives from Islington, Hackney and Haringey Councils, as well as Transport for London and Network Rail. They are working closely with the local community and other partners to prioritise long term strategic regeneration goals and make sure they get it right for local people.
If you are a local business and would like to get involved, contact the Town Centre Development Team at Islington Council.