Milner Square, Islington

Creating a tranquil garden space as well as play and sports facilities was important, to create a space  for everyone in this revitalised Georgian square
Creating a tranquil garden space as well as play and sports facilities was important, to create a space for everyone in this revitalised Georgian square
Designing smaller, informal ball games courts encourages inclusive play, and leaves space for a variety of other activities. It also removes the need for tall, unattractive ball fencing.
Designing smaller, informal ball games courts encourages inclusive play, and leaves space for a variety of other activities. It also removes the need for tall, unattractive ball fencing.

New design for play within a revitalised garden square

As one of Islington’s designed Georgian squares, Milner Square had seen little spent on it since the 1980s. A large, ball court dominated, with tall unattractive sports fencing making it an unpleasant and underused space.  Play had always been an important feature in the square’s history, although the play provision had become tired, with its ad-hoc placement detracting from any gardenesque quality the square may have had.

Our scheme designed the play and sport within a garden square concept and overall framework, while increasing the play provision overall. This has transformed the space into one where people can enjoy tranquility and planting, as well as a varied play and sport offer – all within a very tight budget.

Design and project lead for LDA Design