View of the proposed scheme looking towards Golden Lane

Important news update


As you will be aware, following the serious gas leak in Basterfield House last weekend, work on the new COLPAI site has been temporarily suspended whilst we investigate the cause of the leak. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has been advised of this incident and, following a site visit yesterday, the HSE has instructed our contractor, ISG to carry out some immediate works to reduce the height of the demolished part of the building. This will involve the use of a mechanical digger with a large bucket attached.


Please be advised, that we have no choice but to comply with the HSE’s instruction.


Paul Murtagh  BSc (Hons) MRICS

Assistant Director, Barbican Estate & Property Services

Community & Children’s Services

Welcome to the City of London Corporation’s website for the construction of City of London Primary Academy Islington (CoLPAI).

The City of London Corporation is redeveloping the former Richard Cloudesley School site and the associated City of London land, on Golden Lane. The COLPAI project will deliver a new school, City of London Primary Academy Islington (CoLPAI) with space for 420 pupils and 38 nursery spaces to meet the increasing demand for primary school places. The scheme will also provide 66 much-needed social rent homes.

For site emergencies please contact:


Steven McCarthy

T: 07825 719 496


Stephen Beattie

T: 07816 418 156


For general enquiries, please contact the project team:



T: 0800 772 0475

The Scheme

The project includes a new school and homes for residents of the City of London and London Borough of Islington.


Planning approval to redevelop the site was granted in July 2018.


The scheme includes:

  • A ground plus two storey school for 420 pupils
  • A nursery for 38 children
  • 66 new homes, all for social rent
  • 3 workspace accommodation
  • High-quality landscaping and greenery
  • Sustainably built and maintained buildings
  • Enhancements to the public realm
  • Outstanding design.

For more information, please visit




ISG is the appointed contractor. It provides a comprehensive construction service to its clients around the world, working across sectors and geographies.

ISG believes in a flexible approach to delivery and recognises the importance a good design and high-quality build plays in creating inspiring, successful and dynamic environments.


Its experience in the education sector includes The American School in London, an international private school in St John’s Wood and Julian’s School, a primary school in Streatham. It has also worked on a variety of residential schemes including the Marylebone Village estate, a 139 unit residential project.


ISG is part of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, which ensures the impact of building works on local communities is minimised in terms of noise, traffic, access and hours of operation. The Considerate Constructors Scheme is a national initiative set-up by the construction industry to improve its image. Construction sites and companies registered with the Scheme are monitored against a Code of Considerate Practice.


Previous ISG projects:

Illustration of The American School in London, St John’s Wood

Hitherfield Primary School, Streatham

Indicative view of City of London Primary Academy Islington (COLPAI) from Golden Lane

Key Dates


The team will be attending various events in the area throughout the redevelopment, the next event we will be attending will be:

Previous events:


Golden Lane Estate Drop-in Wednesday 10 October 4.30pm


Drop-in Session for the COLPAI Project

Tuesday 7 August 5pm-7pm


Golden Lane Estate Drop-in

Tuesday 24 July 6pm


More events to be added shortly...


Visit this page for any downloads including newsletters or public documents.

Community Liaison Meeting Notes


We will hold regular Community Liaison meetings with representatives from the local area. The meeting notes are available to view here.


4 December 2018

6 November 2018

2 October 2018

4 September 2018

17 July 2018




We currently issue monthly newsletters to the local community. These newsletters are delivered to the local area and available for digital download here.


December Newsletter

November Newsletter

October Newsletter

September Newsletter



As you are aware, the City of London Corporation was granted planning consent to redevelop the site to provide a new primary school as well as 66 new homes for social rent. You can view these documents via the following links:


City of London residents please visit:


Search for application reference: 17/00770/FULL


London Borough of Islington residents please visit:


Search for application reference: P2017/2961/FUL


The team is submitting information to discharge conditions of the planning application.


You can view the full list of conditions from the planning applications as well as planning application numbers where available by clicking here.



Q. When will construction start?

Site presence will begin from August 2018, with demolition due to start in Quarter 4 of 2018.


Q. How long will construction take?

We expect construction of phase one to be completed by Quarter 2 2020, with phase two being completed in Quarter 2 2021.


Q. Will the school be completed before construction on the residential building is complete?

The school building will be completed in Quarter 2 2020 while the residential building is nearing completion.


Q. What times will you be working on the site?

Working hours will be restricted to 08:00 and 18:00 Monday – Friday, 08:00 and 13:00 on Saturdays.


Q. What do we do if we have a complaint about construction activities?

For emergencies related to the activities of the construction team on-site, please contact Steve McCarthy by calling 07825 719 496. For general enquiries, please write to or call 0800 772 0475, and your enquiry will be shared with the project team.


Q. Where will construction vehicles access the site from?

Access and egress of construction vehicles to the site will be from Golden Lane.


Q. Will you be monitoring the site for noise and dust etc.?

Air quality will be controlled via dust suppression and mitigation. Dust monitoring will take place throughout both the demolition and construction phases. Vehicles leaving the site will be cleaned to ensure dirt is not brought out to the road and dust suppression will ensure dust is reduced. If there are issues of dust from the site on neighbouring properties, ISG will organise the cleaning of the affected areas.


Q. What will happen to the trees neighbouring the site?

All trees are to be retained unless otherwise agreed by the Local Planning Authority. Where trees have died, become seriously damaged or defective, they will be replaced with mature specimens.


Q. Will there be street closures?

No, there will be intermittent disturbances to the flow of traffic on Golden Lane for the moving of vehicles and delivery of materials to the site.



To keep the local community updated on the project we will be delivering regular newsletters. Please see the distribution area we deliver to below. If your home or business does not fall within this area but you would like to receive a hardcopy of the newsletter, please let us know by emailing or call us on 0800 772 0475.


For the Department of Community and Children’s Services (DCCS), please contact:


Paul Murtagh

Assistant Director, Barbican Estate & Property Services,

Community & Children’s Services


T: 020 7332 3015


For site emergencies please contact:


Steven McCarthy

T: 07825 719 496


Stephen Beattie

T: 07816 418 156


For general enquiries, please contact the project team:



T: 0800 772 0475


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