Plans to revamp parkland in Kilburn housing estate are a step closer

Alexandra and Ainsworth estate could undergo �1.2m makeover

Plans for a �1.2 million makeover on parkland in a listed Kilburn housing estate are a step closer to fruition.

The proposals for the historic Alexandra and Ainsworth estate have been accepted by Camden Council with residents being urged to have their say before it goes to the planning committee.

The plans are also subject to the council winning a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The plans have passed HLF’s first round with the second round taking place in early 2013.

The estate is the most famous project created by Camden’s architects in the ‘60s and ‘70s, when council housing design was overhauled.

Designed by Neave Brown, Alexandra Road attracted international attention for its innovative design.

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In 1993 it was officially recognised with a grade II listing by English Heritage.

The park which is due for restoration was designed by landscape architect, Janet Jack who is also closely involved in the restoration and conservation of the park.

The �1.2 million pot would go towards a re-design of the playground, paths and planting, as well as a full time park keeper.

HLF funding has already been used to undertake a conservation management plan for the area, appoint a project manager and commission a landscape design company.

Cllr Julian Fulbrook, Camden Council’s cabinet member for housing, said: “It is exciting to see that we are a step closer to being granted Heritage Lottery Funding.

“This amount of money would make a real difference to an estate which has huge significance architecturally not only for Camden but the UK.”