Community Plan’s Women’s Building Advisory Panel has written an open letter to Sadiq Khan to call on him to support the campaign for a legacy Women’s Building for London’s women. On 8th March, Islington Council approved Peabody’s plans for a Women’s Building on the site of the Holloway Prison, but at 1,500 sqm we think it needs to be bigger to house all the services that were lost when the prison was closed down.
You can help by adding your name to the call for a bigger and better Women’s Building! You can do this in two ways:
- Email us to let us know if you would like to add your name to the letter at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Pledge your support by tweeting “I support the open letter to @SadiqKhan@MayorofLondon from the Community Plan for Holloway” and include #HollowayWomensBuilding #BreakTheBias @IslingtonBC @Plan4Holloway
Together we are stronger! Thank you.
Dear Sadiq Khan,
We are writing to you to raise a key issue for the future of London – the Legacy Women’s Building on the site of the former Holloway Prison. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to provide a stable home to sustain London’s services for women.
This is a chance to address the needs of London’s women, especially those who have had, or are at risk of having, contact with the criminal justice system. The time is now to deliver meaningful support for women’s futures.
Given the enormous need for women’s services, we are however deeply concerned that the proposed Women’s Building – envisioned as a celebratory landmark and model support infrastructure – is far from what it must be in the developer’s current plans. Despite the sector’s repeated cries that a far more substantial building is required, the plans are for a single floor under a tower block. This is simply not enough – London’s women need more space.
Islington have deferred their decision on the plans for the former Holloway Prison site due to loose ends and question marks over how the Women’s Building will be finished and funded into the future and are due to meet again to discuss this on 8th March – International Women’s Day. We need your help to make sure that the plans can still be reshaped to deliver what is needed for London’s women.
Please join us in calling for:
- A Women’s Building that is a fitting legacy for the former prison
- Enough space for the services that were lost when the prison was closed as detailed in Islington’s Special Planning Document
- Independent governance of the future building in perpetuity
- Locating alternative funding sources for the Women’s Building.
We would welcome the opportunity to meet you, or one of your team, to discuss how we can work together to create this space for women in one of London’s most historic sites.
Andrea Coomber, CEO Howard League for Penal Reform
Mandu Reid, Leader of the Women’s Equality Party
Sarah Wigglesworth RDI MBE RIBA, Director Sarah Wigglesworth Architects
The Community Plan for Holloway Women’s Building Advisory Panel
The following people have also pledged their support:
Laxmi Hariharan, Local resident
Judith Wren, Autogenic therapist and local resident
Tim McDowall, GP and local resident
Professor Jeremy Till, Head of Central Saint Martins, Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of the Arts London, University Lead on Climate Emergency
Professor Linda Clarke, Director of the Centre for the Study of the Production of the Built Environment (ProBE), Westminster Business School, University of Westminster, local resident
Helen Strongman, Chair of the Bakersfield Estate Residents Association
Dr Debbie Humphry, Oxford Brookes University
Beatrice Millar, Local resident and retired therapist
Nick Wakely, CP4H Trustee
Will McMahon, Chair of the CP4H Board
Dr Anita Colloms, PhD, Long time local resident and retired Child and Adolescent psychotherapist
Tiff Barker, Local resident
Caz Royds, Islington resident
Michael Ann Mullen, Local resident and retired university lecturer, History of Art, Middlesex University
Rod Gonggrijp, Islington Green Party, CP4H Trustee
Andrew Wilson, Local resident and former magistrate
Devon Osborne, Community Organiser and Islington Green party
Andrej Mecava, Architect
Lawrencia Frempong, Local resident, CP4H Trustee
Marj Mayo, Local resident, CP4H Trustee
Richard Hope, Islington Resident, Islington Homes For All, CP4H Trustee
Wendy Barnes, Local resident, massage therapist
Niki Gibbs, CP4H Women’s Building Working Group, Reclaim Holloway
Revd. Alexandra Lilley, Vicar, St George and All Saints Tufnell Park
Michael Isaac, Probation Service
William LaShonse, Leftwing populist
Dr Tomas Fernandez Alonso, Local resident
P. M. Msimang, Islington resident
Michael Edwards, Hon Professor, Bartlett School of Planning, UCL
Courtney Wallace, Local resident
Natasha Finlayson, Chief Executive, Working Chance
Clare Conors, Holloway resident, composer, educator, violinist
Bevin Court Tenants & Residents Association