26th May 2017 — An exhibition and weekend of public debates and…

An exhibition and weekend of public debates and workshops exploring the future of the Pentonville prison site

For this year’s London Festival of Architecture, Sarah Wigglesworth Architects is unearthing memories of Pentonville Prison to imagine a radically different future for its site.

HM Prison Service is selling its inner city jails, releasing their sites for redevelopment. Nearby Holloway Prison is being marketed and a planning brief has been written; it is likely that the iconic Pentonville will follow. Given the prison’s history and listed status, pressure from the King’s Cross development and concerns around housing, the challenge is to envision a new life for the site that communicates its past and relevance into the future.

Unlocking Pentonville aims to imagine a radical new vision for this area of Caledonian Road by producing a spatial, social and economic proposition for the prison site. Through a provocative exhibition and a weekend of public debates and workshops, Sarah Wigglesworth Architects will lead the Caledonian Road community in asking ‘what next?’ for the troubled prison’s landmark structures. 


The exhibition will be open daily from 11.00 – 18.00 along with the following events which are free and can be booked via Eventbrite – please follow the links below.

Address: 382 Caledonian Rd, N1 1DY

Friday 16 June

Opening: 18.00 – 20.00

Saturday 17 June

Debate: Equality and Justice: 14.30 – 15.30

Chaired by Rob Wilson

Speakers: Lorraine Gamman, Steve Griffith, LJ Flanders

Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/public-debate-unlocking-pentonville-equality-and-justice-tickets-34879034130

Debate: Wellbeing: 16.30 – 17.30

Chaired by Sarah Wigglesworth

Speakers: Daisy Froud, John Long, Ken Worpole

Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/public-debate-unlocking-pentonville-wellbeing-tickets-34880508540

Sunday 18 June

Silent Walk: 12.00 – 12.45 (meet at 11.50 @ the venue)

Led by Anna Hart

Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/enclosure-a-choreographed-silent-walk-by-anna-hart-tickets-34908714906

Debate: Memory: 14.30 – 15.30

Chaired by Owen Hopkins

Speakers: Miranda Critchley, Emily Gee, Ray Rogers

Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/public-debate-unlocking-pentonville-memory-tickets-34888562630

Workshop: 16.30 – 17.30

Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/workshop-unlocking-pentonville-building-the-brief-tickets-34907091049