Paradise Park London, Architecture Islington, Building, MacKenzie Road Property

Paradise Park Building

IPA: Children’s Centre Holloway, north London – design by DSDHA, architects

23 Jun 2007

Paradise Park

Address: 164 MacKenzie Rd, London N7 8SE

Phone: 020 7697 7330

Photos © Adrian Welch, Jun 2007

Paradise Park Children's Centre Paradise Park London

Paradise Park Children’s Centre, northeast London
Date built: 2006
Design: DSDHA Architects

Key feature: ‘vertical garden’, £1.4m

Client: London Borough of Islington

IPA | Islington Play Association

Paradise Park : PM’s Award Finalist 2007

Paradise Park Paradise Park Building Paradise Park landscape

Tower just west of Paradise Park
Paradise Park context

DSDHA Architects, London

Address: Paradise Park Children’s Centre, 164 Mackenzie Road, London N7 8SE, UK

Contact: 020 7697 7330

Park features

•Park keeper
•Children’s playground with a water play feature
•RSPB sparrow meadow
•Open grass area
•Outdoor gym equipment
•Mary Tealby Peace Garden
•Table tennis table
•Chess tables
•Paradise Park Children’s Centre
•Freightliners Farm
•Martin Luther King Young People’s Partnership

Sports facilities

•Five-a-side floodlit astroturf pitch with football goals and step-free access. You can book the pitch here.
•Free outdoor gym facility
•Table tennis table

Address: MacKenzie Road, N7

Size: 1.85 hectares or 4.57 acres

Location: 164 Mackenzie Road, London N7 8SE

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While Islington has a reputation as a fashionable place to live and socialise it is, in fact, the 4th poorest Borough in London. It has less open space and fewer parks for children to play in than any other London Borough and most people’s homes have no garden.

For several decades the Islington Play Association has been working to improve children’s lives and life chances. We recognise that play is not the same as adult leisure – it is vital for children’s health and well-being. We believe that the ability of children to play is a litmus test for the quality of life for everyone.

As such, the Islington Play Association was set up by play activists (who included parents, Borough Councillors, voluntary sector management committee members, playworkers and community workers) in 1971. Their aim was to campaign for play facilities and provide a focus for individuals and organisations that wanted to develop play provision in the borough. It became a registered charity in the following year, and established a variety of services to local play providers.

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