Colindale Gardens and Islington Square among new-build neighbourhoods with green space and garden sanctuaries

There will be an on-site primary school, shops and community facilities, green roofs, podium gardens, new wildlife habitats, allotments and spaces for urban agriculture. Indeed, every £1 invested in green space contributes £30 towards health and wellbeing, and £23 towards community safety, according to an independent survey commissioned by the Land Trust charity. The historic four-and-a-half-acre site with a grand, double-arched entrance in Upper Street has been opened up and a new shopping arcade and civic square created behind the fa├žade. The 8,560sq ft Zen sanctuary was designed by Chelsea Flower Show Gold medallist and bonsai artist Peter Chan, with copious rooftop green space on restored buildings and new-build apartment blocks. Penthouses have big terraces and private rooftop swimming pools, while street-level maisonettes have an internal courtyard — an outdoor lounge — and a garden.

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