Resident Notice – New Ball Court

Lovell are pleased to announce that the new Ball Court is now ready to be opened. The surface will be painted green and the permanent line-marking will be undertaken in March/April when the weather conditions are better. For the first few weeks the court will be open for use during the day but evening use will be limited to organised groups who have made arrangements through Greenspace. This will allow us a period to gather feedback and to rectify any issues that may arise.


Garage Surveys

You may have noticed that our team has been carrying out survey work on the garages to Warley House, Ilford House, Threadgold House and Ongar House this week. All tenants of the garages should have received notice of termination of tenancy directly from Islington Council last year.

These garages are scheduled for demolition in March 2016, if you still have items remaining in these garages please remove them by 29th February after which time our contractors will dispose of the contents and the previous tenants may be liable for the cost of disposal.

To survey the garages our contractors have removed the padlocks from each garage to gain access to check for asbestos.  Following the surveys the garages are re-secured using batons screwed to both sides of the door. Stickers are then be placed on the door to confirm they have been surveyed and inform us which garages contain asbestos. All surveys should be complete by 18th January.

Any asbestos found in these garages will be removed by a licensed asbestos removal contractor prior to demolition who will ensure the work is done in a safe manner ensuring no danger to the public.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Senior Site Manager Dave Twells at or call him on 07977 539965.

Meet the contractor event

Thank you to all the local residents who attended our Meet the Contractor event on 11th January at the Metropolitan Benefit Society Almshouses Hall, Balls Pond Road. Lovell and Islington Council were joined by architects Pollard Thomas Edwards and landscape architects Farrer Huxley Associates to answer your questions about the construction of the new homes across the Dover Court Estate.

It was great to meet so many residents and for the project team to have the opportunity to discuss the plans for the new homes and enhanced open spaces in more detail with you. We are currently reviewing the comments made on the feedback forms completed by those who attended and will respond to these questions in our first Dover Court Estate Regeneration newsletter which will be published in February 2016.

If you were unable to attend the event the information boards that were displayed can be  downloaded here. You can also contact Dave Twells, Senior Site Manager, who will be able to answer any questions you may have by email at  or on his mobile 07977 539965.






Come and meet Lovell, the contractors working with Islington Council to build 70 new homes for rent and sale across the Dover Court Estate.

Join us on Monday, 11th January
for a drop-in session from 2pm to 7pm

Metropolitan Benefit Society Almshouses Hall  
Balls Pond Road, Islington, London N1 4AH

You will be able to:

  • Have your questions answered
  • Meet the contractors and Islington Council
  • View the current site plans and designs

The session will be held in the first floor meeting room and unfortunately has no wheelchair access however a stair lift is available. No parking is available on the grounds of the Almshouses.

All the information from the session will be available to view at for those of you that would like further information but can’t attend. You can also contact Site Manager Dave Twells on 07977 539965 or


Lovell announced as contractor at Dover Court

Islington Council has appointed housing developer Lovell for a £21.8 million regeneration programme which will transform the Dover Court estate in North London with 70 much-needed new high-quality homes and a range of other improvements.

The regeneration programme will create new homes for social rent and homes for sale on council-owned land as well as provide improved open spaces, estates paths, play areas and community facilities.

The new energy-efficient housing – 36 apartments and 34 houses – will be built on nine sites at the estate, including former garages and car parking. The existing Romford House will also be replaced with a new purpose-built development for residents aged over 55. Lovell is set to start work on the three-year construction programme towards the end of 2015.

Fifty-one of the new homes – 25 one-bedroom and nine two-bedroom apartments and 15 three-bedroom and two five-bedroom houses – will be for council rent. Nineteen of the new homes – 17 two-bedroom houses, one one-bedroom and one two-bedroom apartment – will be for sale through the council.

In addition, the scheme, designed by Pollard Thomas Edwards architects and developed in close consultation with estate residents, includes extensive improvements to the estate’s open spaces and community facilities including increased planting and green spaces and the redesign of Mitchison Baxter Park with children’s play areas, new paths, new trees and a replacement ball games space.  A new community room for the use of all estate residents will be created on the ground-floor of the Threadgold House flats.

Islington Council’s executive member for housing and development Cllr James Murray says: “In Islington, like the rest of London, we’re facing a huge housing crisis. We desperately need more genuinely-affordable housing and that’s why we’re building 51 new council homes at Dover Court for local people. Alongside the new homes, the new play areas and green spaces will improve the estate for all its residents.”

Lovell regional director Michael O’Farrell says: “We’re delighted to have been appointed by Islington Council to this major scheme which is also our first contract awarded through Islington’s New Build Contractor Framework. We look forward to using the company’s expertise in delivering high-quality mixed tenure estate regeneration programmes to bring these quality homes and enhanced public spaces and community facilities to Dover Court.”

The housing is designed to be ‘tenure blind’ so that there is no visual difference between the affordable and open market homes. All homes will meet the standards set out by the London Housing Design Guide and will be built to Lifetime Homes standard, meaning they can be easily adapted as residents’ needs change. The development is also designed to achieve the national Secured by Design accreditation, which means that the creation of a safe and accessible environment has been at the heart of the design process. Eight of the new homes will be accessible for residents who use wheelchairs.

All homes will meet Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, incorporating sustainable, energy-efficient technology designed to keep energy bills down.