NW5 Community Play Project

The Playhut

Islip Street

London NW5 2TU

T: 0207 485 8165


The NW5 Community Play Project; Est. 1973

In 1973 Residents of the Peckwater Estate, Islip Street, NW5, started a campaign to persuade the then Council to provide facilities for local children. As part of the campaign an overgrown field in the centre of the estate was cleared by local people to form open ground for a summer playscheme.


This successful initiative was followed by residents organisng family outings to Blackpool and elsewhere and then a programme of publicity and fundraising to raise resources for a permanent children's facility.

In 1974 the council provided some initial funds, via a borough wide charity, towards constructing on Peckwater Estate a small log cabin to use as a playcentre, and to build some wooden play structures.

Local people were actively involved in the construction work of these initial facilities and in the management of the new Project which was named the Peckwater Adventure Playground.


43 years later that centre still exists, now known as the NW5 Project. It remains a fully independent, community-run charity.