The Broadwater Farm Estate is in Tottenham and was completed during the 1970’s. It’s home to a strong and diverse community where over 28 languages are spoken and there is a friendliness and understanding between the local people that live there.
Alongside over 1,000 homes, Broadwater Farm is home to Broadwaters Inclusive Learning Community (external link) and the Broadwater Farm Community Centre Gym (external link).
Broadwaters Inclusive Learning Community brings together The Brook Special Primary, The Willow Primary and Broadwaters Children’s Centre in a unique inclusive approach to education.
The £18 million campus in Adams Road, Tottenham, was the first primary inclusive campus in the country, with pupils benefiting from close learning and shared purpose-built facilities to support individual needs.
The Broadwater Farm Community Centre Gym was refurbished in 2013 and is run by Fusion Lifestyle. It has fantastic facilities on offer including all the latest gym and fitness equipment, an extensive programme of group exercise classes, 5-a-side football pitches, badminton and basketball.
A structural review of the estate took place between 2017 and 2019. The review concluded that nine low-rise blocks did not meet the required standard to use a gas supply and would require strengthening work.
As resident safety is our top priority, the gas supply has been removed from all the blocks on the estate and a new heating system installed.
The two worst affected blocks, Tangmere and Northolt, will need to be demolished. This decision was taken following consultation with residents to either demolish and rebuild or strengthen the existing blocks. Residents from both blocks are being supported by rehousing officers to be moved into their new homes.
We are also working through a programme of installing new kitchens and bathrooms in the other blocks which don’t meet the decent homes standard, along with the planning for the strengthening and refurbishment of the other nine blocks.
We will continue to engage and involve the residents whilst working to develop and shape what the new build homes and estate will look like in the future. There is a willingness and desire for all the people involved in the estate to participate in activities that promote an inclusive community.
We regularly meet with the Resident’s Association and other stakeholders to inform, share ideas and plan for what we will be doing next, to further improve the Broadwater Farm estate.