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Pupils see how square’s shaping up

Children get a behind-the-scenes look at £400m homes and shops development

02 February, 2018

Thornhill School pupils on their tour of Islington Square

YOUNGSTERS from Thornhill School donned hard hats on Friday to visit a new £400million development in the heart of Islington.

The 10 pupils from the primary in Barnsbury were treated to a tour of Islington Square, in Upper Street, a four-and-a-half-acre site that was formerly a Royal Mail depot.

The development will have 263 homes and a wide range of shops.

The trip, part of the school’s wider Enrichment Programme, was the perfect opportunity to inspire future architects and designers.

The pupils got the chance to see a working building site in action while getting a behind-the-scenes look at how the development will look like when it opens.

Chris Dunn with Thornhill pupils, who showed ‘great excitement to see the finished scheme’

They also found out about the roles involved in bringing the development together, including archaeologists, architects, engineers and construction workers.

Chris Dunn, of Sager Group, which owns the site with Cain International, said: “It was a pleasure to have the children from Thornhill Primary along for a site tour and for them to find out more about how live building sites work in practice and to see all the people involved. The children were thoroughly engaged throughout the session, asking questions about the process and showing great excitement to see the finished scheme.”

Schools interested in arranging a visit should email


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