Topping out Ceremony Marks Milestone at London Housing Project

A housing project at Redbrick estate in Islington, London celebrated a key milestone with a traditional ‘topping out’ ceremony, on Thursday 17th January 2019.

The topping out marks leading construction company, Osborne reaching the highest point in the landmark development.

Representatives from Osborne attended, along with Islington Council and The Worshipful the Mayor of Islington, Cllr Dave Poyser, and Cllr Phil Graham, as well as representatives from the Redbrick Tenant Management Organisation.

The ceremony included a cutting of a celebration cake provided by Osborne. The completed project will provide genuinely affordable housing including 55 new council homes, upgraded community facilities and new landscaping works. The council has committed to deliver more than 550 new council homes by 2022.

Cllr Diarmaid Ward, Islington Council’s Executive Member for Housing and Development, said:

“London’s housing crisis has been at critical levels for far too long, and Islington is feeling this deeply. There are far too many people desperately in need of a decent, safe and genuinely affordable home and the council is doing everything it can to help tackle the problem.

“Projects like this one at the Redbrick Estate are vitally important in helping us deliver the largest home building project the borough has seen on over thirty years and we thank Redbrick Estate residents for their patience and support during the build process.”

Andy Steele, CEO at Osborne, said: “At Osborne, we have a track record and ethos of working closely with local authorities, to deliver high quality improvements for the communities in which we work.  We understand that housing and surrounding areas need to be carefully-designed, and well constructed to enhance where people live and work. We are delighted to be an integral part of this important landmark for the Redbrick Estate in Islington.”

Osborne has a history of collaborating with residents and stakeholders throughout their improvement works. Since the start of the project, Osborne collaborated with Islington Council and Newman Francis, a community development organisation, to  keep residents at the heart of these improvement works. Events have been held, where residents were shown phasing and site logistic plans and example methods of communication. By establishing familiarity and openness from the outset of this project, the residents were prepared and supported through the works.

Construction started on the project in 2017 and is due to be completed in late 2019.