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Young Islington artists transform construction hoardings into winning artworks

Local youngsters turned construction hoardings at a major estate regeneration site in north London into a competition-winning piece of public art, with help from Lovell.

Lovell invited children living at the Dover Court estate – where the company is undertaking a major regeneration programme for Islington Council including new homes and improvements to the estate’s community facilities – to paint the hoardings around the site. Around 20 youngsters from the estate pitched in with paintbrushes earlier this year to bring the hoardings to colourful life.

Left to right, young artists Katie, Billy and Holly Harknett with the competition-winning painted hoardings at Dover Court.

The young artists are now celebrating after their vivid murals were chosen as a winner in the Considerate Constructors Scheme’s national Hoarding Competition. Seventy construction sites took part in the competition with only 11 winning entries selected nationally.

Lovell resident liaison officer Alexandra Robins says: “Working with the local community is key to the work we are doing at Dover Court, so inviting local children to help decorate our hoardings was a brilliant way of involving residents and making sure they are at the heart of things. We loved the children’s designs – as did the competition judges – and we’re delighted that they were chosen as national winners.”  The children who painted the Dover Court hoardings have been presented with congratulatory medals, certificates and goody bags as well as a trophy and celebratory banner.

Lovell is carrying out a £21.8 million regeneration programme for Islington Council which will transform part of the Dover Court estate with 70 modern and energy-efficient new homes: 51 for council rent and 19 for sale through the council. There will also be extensive improvements to the estate’s open spaces and community facilities including increased planting and green spaces and a replacement ball games space.

Decorated hoardings at two other Lovell developments – Trinity Walk in Woolwich, south-east London and at the Regent’s Park Estate, Camden, north London – took runner-up spots in the Hoarding Competition.

Edward Hardy, chief executive of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, says: “I would like to congratulate everyone who took part in the 2017 Hoarding Competition. Every entry team put a huge amount of effort into their artwork, which made the judging very hard. I would like to thank contractors for their continued enthusiasm and passion to engage with their communities and promote the very best of our industry.”