The Clock Tower, originally built in 1855 as the centrepiece to the Caledonian market, was designed by the famous Victorian Architect John Bunstone Bunning, City of London Architect from 1843 till his death in 1863. He is most famously known for building the old Coal Exchange.
The 151ft Tower was the centre piece of the 75 acre livestock market, which included 13,000 feet of railings for penning cattle, and 1800 pens for 35,000 sheep. The market was opened by Prince Albert in June 1855.
In 1962 the market finally closed and the surrounding areas were re-developed, thus creating what we know as Caledonian Park. Only the clock tower remains as a timeless reminder of the past.
The restoration of the tower and construction of a Heritage Centre and cafe will bring the community back together with a historic perspective.
The tower was listed in 1972 grade 2* and is on the English Heritage ‘at risk’ register.
As an established Heritage Contractor, Lengard is proud to be selected for these works.
Form of Contract: JCT 2011
Client: LB Islington
Duration: 43 weeks