Road signs pay tribute to site’s newspaper past

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Road signs have been installed on the site of the former British Newspaper Library in Colindale as a tribute to the location’s past.

Fairview New Homes has been building the Edition development on the site off Colindale Avenue since spring 2015, and construction is set to be completed by October.

The developer bought the land in early 2013 after the British Library made plans to move the newspapers from the ageing Newspaper Library building to a new purpose-built facility.

The streets at Edition have been named after newspapers as a way of marking the site’s previous use.

A total of 395 homes are being built at Edition and residents have now moved into each of the development’s six apartment buildings.

Stephen Brown, Area Construction Manager for Fairview, said: “This land was home to the British Newspaper Library for decades, and the naming of these roads will ensure that the legacy of the site lives on for many years to come.

“The streets are named Telegraph Avenue, Chronicle Avenue, Observer Close and Guardian Avenue, and the apartment buildings have also been named after newspapers, providing a lasting reminder of the site’s history.

“Building work at Edition is progressing well, and we are currently working on cladding the exterior of the final apartment building.

“We have also begun paving the area fronting onto Colindale Avenue to create a public piazza which will provide access to several shops, and we are currently in talks with various companies who are interested in moving into those units.

“We are really pleased with how the development has come together, and it’s great to see residents living in each of the apartment buildings and walking the new streets named in honour of the site’s past.”

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