If seems that finally, concrete proposals are emerging for the troubled site at the apex of Balfe Street and Cally Road. It’s been a hoarded-up abused dump since TG Lynes plumbers moved out donkey’s years ago. The Institute of Physics (an academic charity/trade body for physics) last year bought the freehold to the site that bridges Cally and Balfe (see their pic above). And are working on plans with architects Tate Hindle, who do decent commercial stuff it seems. IoP have a mini-site in their website that they are using to share news (though there isn’t much interesting there yet). I have been slow picking this up and am grateful to local resident Cabe for the flyer above.
Cally Councillors have also commented
‘IoP has begun discussions with Islington Council to modify the current building. Cally Councillors now have a copy of the proposals which mainly involve an additional storey on the main building. At their public consultation on 19th May further details should be available.’
IoP are workshopping with their members – however their members clearly haven’t come across Islington’s renowned heritage planners who I doubt will let a PV panel or green roof anywhere near the conservation area – it’s Welsh slate or bust. There may well be rights of light issues if rooflines are altered as the development is to the South of a set of properties with windows facing inwards to a courtyard. It seems there is a local consultation with residents on 19 May – helpful to share any details. I haven’t checked yet to see if the buildings are listed. Will be interesting to see what if any community benefit IoP offer.
IoP like many bodies of that sort run an events service as part of their trade so this should increase night time footfall, which is usually good for local security. I can’t imagine it being too rumbustious as it turns out.
‘The Institute’s chief executive, Paul Hardaker, said: “The building is about being a centre for the physics community to come together, so we want to design it with the right usability of space to facilitate that. We would like to have a modern conferencing and business suite with a large exhibition space where we can showcase collaborations with science, industry and the arts and humanities community, and a space where we can engage with newly incubated businesses.’
I expect the B@1 cocktail bar on the corner will will soon ring with classic lines like ‘Never trust atoms – they make up everything’ as physicists let their hair down. There may be an increase in taxi drop offs I guess, but they will quickly learn it’s best to abandon a cab before the one way system.