Alexandra & Ainsworth Estate

Tenants and Residents Association

News & Events


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THE HIVE BUILDING AND ITS UNCERTAIN FUTURE – Residents let down by the Council 


The TRA has some disappointing and worrying news to report about the Hive building, the white concrete building located at 86 Abbey Rd (and appearing in the picture). Camden has decided to rent it out for private use for an steep rent of £25,000/year, and may consider demolishing it in the future. The TRA will oppose these plans.

The Hive Building

Since its completion in 1982, the Hive has historically served local residents, first as a nursery and then as a community centre. Eventually it fell in a state of disrepair and became unusable, and possibly one of the most unloved parts of our beautiful estate.

Our proposals

In 2015 the TRA approached the Council, the landlord of the Hive, and suggested it be used as a permanent gymnasium for our local judo and wrestling club Shinbudo to have a permanent base. The club was set up by the TRA in 2014 and currently runs its activities, on a not for profit basis, from the Tenants Hall. It is a successful club, with more than 60 members (most of them from the estate) and has raised north of £10,000 in Sportivate and Sport England grants to support its activities. A real success story, so far.


Posted October 2016


THE JUNK ORCHESTRA- Sunday 21st August 2016

concertinpark You are all very warmly invited to come along and enjoy THE JUNK ORCHESTRA who will be performing on instruments made from recycled household junk in our very own Alexandra Road Park this Sunday! 
After the performances there will instrument building sessions for all – collect and bring along tins or cans, strong plastic tubs, any tubes, plastic bottles, small boxes etc to make your own instruments to play in the band and then take home!
Absolutely everyone is welcome, young and old! Please spread the word far and wide and invite all your friends and family, the more the merrier! Just turn up!
FREE Performances at 12.30pm and 2.30pm – instrument building sessions in between.
Bring a picnic and stay as long as you like!




Enjoy a lovely day in the park with family and friends. Take part in our exciting selection of free activities including nature trails, animal adventure games, live music, face painting and more.



Camden inbloom

As part of Camden in Bloom 2016, the Camden Council, in association with Project Dirt, invites all residents, families and businesses in Camden to join an exciting workshop hosted by the former Blue-Peter gardener Chris Collins. A regular face on TV, Chris has worked in horticulture for over 25 years and is passionate about engaging community groups in gardening and food growing.

The Workshops

Chris’ popular workshops will get you share great tips and tricks about growing food and gardening. This interactive workshop will get everyone to participate in making their own creations which they can then enjoy at home. Join us for an afternoon of learning tips to greening your gardens and communities.

Chris’ talk will cover ‘Successful gardening – the basic steps’, and include:

  • Seed sowing demos
  • Propagation demos
  • Importance of soils & composting
  • How to irrigate
  • Feeding your plants
  • Plant hygiene
  • Creating an edible hanging basket
  • Project ideas for your community.
Sign up for this event quickly, as places are limited!

Tickets are free, but you must register to attend. You can do this here 

If you have any queries, please feel free to get in touch:




Find out what is happening in our estate, news and events. Join the Annual General Meeting of the TRA  taking place on 11 May 2016 at 7.30pm. Read about filming on the estate updates, the judo club, our Park gardeners and the tribute paid to Alexandra Road Park landscape architect, Janet Jack,  who passed away in March this year.






Yoga, boot camp, health walks, dawn chorus talks are just some of the activities at your doorstep, come and join in our Spring events 2016




Find out about our estate’s latest news, events and activities. Read about our exceptional residents, creative projects, latest filming on the estate, available free courses  for adults and youngsters ranging from judo classes to DJ sessions and Homework Club.






NHS Health Bus posterWould you like to have a free NHS medical check-up ?…..well, then the NHS Health Bus is coming to our Park from 11am to 4pm on Thursday 29 of October and will also provide cholesterol and blood pressure checks.

Dr Bike October 2015

Want to fix your bike instead? If it is your bike you are worried about  then bring it along and you can get it fixed for free with the help of Dr Bikes mechanics. They will check over your bike and make repairs such as fixing punctures, fitting new brake blocks, etc.


Give and Take Event

In the meantime if you feel like uncluttering your home or simply exchange an unwanted household item (please note that broken or unsafe items will not be accepted) come along to ‘the Bowl’ for the ‘Give and Take‘ event. You can donate items between 11am and noon and take items away with you between 1pm and 3 pm on the same day.





Birds of Bray 20150906_084543 Boot Camp and Pilates

We have all sorts of new activities going on in  the ARP this autumn, from photography  to fitness classes. Find out more and join in!


Become an ARP Champion poster 24 June 2015

Are you interested in developing your conservation and gardening skills and help with the promotion and conservation of our newly restored park?

Under the supervision of the park gardner and the activities coordinator you will have a chance to learn and improve your gardening and horticultural skills with the added bonus of getting some physical activity, keeping healthy and sharing an interest with others.

To register your interest, please email the park’s activities co-ordinator at: or call 020 7974 2367.

Volunteering activities will start in August 2015!

Read more here…



A&ANewsletter_3-2015 Read news, updates, information about our estate in our Newsletter

In this issue you can find out about: the TRA Annual General meeting; the timetable for the activities taking place in our Tenants Hall; updates about the restoration of our parks; our new activity co-ordinator and a lot more





South Hampstead Judo and Jiu Jitsu Club

Members of the TRA have successfully applied for funding from Sportivate to expand this wonderful club to older children and also adults. The funding will both subsidise costs and ensure we can build a really successful neighbourhood club. Watch this space for more information soon.

We have a wonderful new community club based in London, UK, open to children aged 5-12 and adults, teaching Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Classes take place every Friday at 5-5:45pm (for children 5-12) and 6:00-7:15pm (for children 13 years old + and adults). These classes take place in the fantastic space of the Tenants Hall on the Alexandra and Ainsworth Estate, a big, light and airy space, wonderful for training in.

Classes run on a ‘pay-as-you-play basis’, and only cost £3/class. Also, your first class is free – and if you bring a friend to your second class, your second class is also free!

You are most welcome to just turn up and watch (or, even better, join) a class whenever you want, though to avoid disappointments we recommend you first drop us an email to, or text our instructor, Glenn, at 07738 226853.

For more info you can visit our new website

March 2015

 High Speed 2

A few months ago, a group from the TRA joined forces with representatives from some neighbouring blocks and made a formal petition to Camden about our concerns with the HS2 proposals and the impact they will have on the area.

Our biggest concerns are:
• The construction of a large vent shaft on the corner of Loudoun Road and Langtry Walk, which will replace the building with the laundrette, dry cleaners etc and lots of flats with a completely blank building. The ugly design will be out of keeping with the listed estate, cause lots of disruption while it is being built, and takes away important facilities for residents.
• The risks of the tunnelling underneath the listed estate which could potentially cause subsidence and problems with the buildings because of their unusual foundations and construction techniques. We have asked Camden to commission independent engineers to fully assess the risks.

The good news is that Camden listened to our petition and now have included these specific issues in their objections on the project. We also sent a formal objection from the TRA directly to HS2 covering the same points. Next, the proposals go before parliament so the TRA may do another petition to parliament.

April 2014

 Article on the importance of our Estate in The Guardian newspaper

There’s an interesting article in today’s Guardian written by Owen Hatherway on the importance of our estate and others like it built by Camden in the 1970s as part of a “spacial redistribution of wealth”. In particular how Sydney Cook and a team of architects working for Camden at the time were committed to building high quality council housing. As Hathaway says “Under the borough architect Sydney Cook, Camden in particular built possibly the finest working-class housing ever provided in British history – estates such as Highgate New Town, Alexandra Road and Branch Hill, all of them low-rise, sharply (but not bleakly) modernist, based around pedestrian streets, and finished to an exceptionally high standard”. As residents we are glad and proud that our estate is getting full recognition, not only for the excellent design, but also for the democratic ideas that lay behind it. Let’s hope that councils can one day once again start building places like it in the centre of our cities.

Read the full article here.

October 2013