About London Borough of Islington

The London Borough of Islington has committed to making improvements and building homes that benefit all residents. These developments include homes that are suitable for those with limited mobility. One of their developments is Kings Square Estate, EC1v. It is situated nearby to Clerkenwell, the Barbican, and Liverpool Street Station.

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The design can be described as Brutal

The landlord and property manager is Islington council and generally are very responsive to any problems. We have onsite concierges who are great and the caretaker couldn’t be more helpful. Parking may be avalible on site, but we definitely have got Kings Square gardens with its play grounds is always well looked after. The design can be described as Brutal, but the flats are large, were refurbished with new kitchens, bathrooms and double glazing a few years ago.

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The area is superb. In Finsbury, Clerkenwell starts the other side of the road. & tube stations within walking distance, Angel, Barbican & Farringdon. More bus routes than I can count. Four supermarkets at the angel, swimming pool and sports center behind the buildings and two gyms on the same street. Opposite City University and the Barbican complex including the arts center at the end of the road.

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The concierge is where you have deliveries addressed too unless your certain that you will be in.

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A Sixties Council housing development has more blocks crammed into it

King Square Estate has several blocks both Low & High rise built around a small Park and Church. The Park is an extension of the Church yard that was surrounded by rows of terraced houses. The Church incorporates two others that were on City road and were demolished or badly damaged in the War. The Park was quadrupled in size from the old Churchyard, when this estate was built in the early sixties. The Tower Blocks here, Turnpike & Rahere houses are built on the ‘Finnish arch’ system. These were originally very well built of reinforced concrete with Pilkington Steel windows. the Windows have been replaced recently with more modern plastic double glazed units. These have unfortunately considerably reduced the glazed area of the windows, as the frames are now 6 inches of white plastic instead of 1.5 Inches of steel; so much less natural light now illuminates the interior.
The management of the block suffers as LBI uses its least able managers in benefits, the next least able are managing accommodation. So it is mostly because budgets need to be spent to justify their continuance that anything is done. So some very odd projects are financed, then refinanced to correct them. Then completely removed as a better (different) idea is at that time in vogue???
But the Blocks built in the sixties were very well built, have good sized rooms and fair facilities that management have difficulties totally wrecking. The new blocks, completed in the last few years are less well separated from each other and are noticeably smaller, with considerably higher rents (for the LBI rented flats), most are privately owned/rented. As are a lot within the original Estate

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The local area has changed dramatically over recent years. Local businesses either changing or replaced with residential accommodation. of the Exclusive executive type. OR being replaced with restaurants or Wine bars,. We have lost several good local businesses, , re[placing them with ones that make larger profits, ie can afford the rents increased by between 4 and 10 times. So the very good local off licence in Exmouth Market is replaced. An excellent local Wood Yard is now an Executive housing development, the belts & Bearings dealers is now also accommodation. The only useful businesses that remain are the very long established ones that own the freehold, although a lot of those have sold at inflated prices to allow construction of accommodation. So if all you want from local businesses is food & drink, then you are adequately served. Basically the local businesses are about servicing the Office Workers, NOT the residents.

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I wish I’d known that I could’ve asked them to show me somewhere else when I was offered this flat in 1988.
The ‘Communal’ Balcony that connects the low side with the High side (basically two blocks connected on each floor) Does NEED to be re-defined as a Emergency-Escape ONLY Balcony.
The funding needs to be reassessed as the Two bedroom flats, with a private balcony (effectively towards twice the size of the one-bedroom flats) pay the SAME Council Tax, The same Heating Costs, The same Caretaking fee, The same Concierge fee, etc etc. This NEEDS rectifying

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The building looks beautiful but seems to be cheaply built.

The building looks beautiful but seems to be cheaply built. We can’t hang anything on the walls like shelves or the TV because there are no studs in the walls and it just falls down. Some of the windows fall out if you open them too far. The interior door handles all broke and fell off within a week of moving in and the council refused to fix them citing ‘wear and tear’. The buzzer breaks at least once a month and takes weeks to be fixed. There’s only one plug in the laundry cupboard so we can’t have the tumble dryer in there. No air conditioning so with the big windows the place is deathly hot in the summer. The door frame around the front door of my flat started coming away from the plaster after the first week or two of living here and again the council wouldn’t fix it. There’s condensation trapped in my living room window so we’ve never been able to see out of it, still waiting for a repair three years later. Although some of these repair issues are down to the council, if the place had been built well enough in the first place we wouldn’t have the issues at all. The balcony is not covered so it’s useless in the rain and a death trap in the sun. The paving stones get so hot that you cant stand out there. The balconies are also right next to the neighbours windows so every time someone has a smoke everyone elses flat is full of it. In all, beautifully presented but an absolute pain to live here. I’m spending a fortune constantly fixing things on a property that I don’t own.

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The area looks lovely aesthetically but it’s annoying that there is no bin chute in the block. Often have to choose between leaving my small children alone in the flat to take the rubbish out or wait until there’s another adult home.

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With the housing situation I don’t think there’s anything that would’ve stopped us moving in, we didn’t have much choice. I wish I’d known it was going to turn into a never ending DIY project.

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Overall a pleasant estate, overlooking the park, you could do a lot worse!

The design of the estate still looks like 60’s mass housing design despite all the money spent by the council to improve the overall look of the estate and its grounds. I can’t help thinking that the money would have been better spent on building more low cost housing, even though new flats were built over the parking area for the flats, there were nowhere near enough to meet the current demand. I am disabled and have been trying to swap my accommodation to a ground floor flat for over 15 years but it is near on impossible to swap a 1 bedroom flat, no matter how good the area is.
Living on the estate for over 30 years now, I have to say, I love the area and it’s central location makes it easy to travel into the west end in 20 minutes. The local shops are very handy and Upper street is only 5 minutes away and full of restaurants cinema, street market (Angel Islington) and shops. The parking is getting more and more difficult with more and more families owning more than one car and resident parking bays are simply not enough. The outdated entry phone system could do with replacing as even when it works, you can barely hear or understand who’s at the door. On the whole, King’s square is a pleasant estate and is always kept very clean and tidy.

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On the whole living on King’s Square is quite pleasant. I overlook the park and the traffic noise is very minimal. The noise from neighbours however can be quite loud at times as the walls are very thin and there’s no noise reduction at all, you can literally hear conversations from adjacent flats.

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Don’t expect much from Islington council, they really don’t care about the average person and are more interested in outwardly looking good rather than doing good!

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