New lease of life for Bruce Grove Toilets

The iconic public conveniences in Bruce Grove are set to be brought back to life thanks to funding from Haringey Council, the Greater London Authority’s Good Growth Fund Programme, and Historic England’s High Streets Heritage Action Zone scheme.

The restoration, which has been given planning permission, will see the toilets brought back to use as a community cafe, a publicly accessible toilet, pioneering a new Community Wealth Building Lease and make commercial use of the newly extended building.

Working closely with the council, local campaign group The Last Elm and heritage consultant Rob Bevan, the project team have worked to capture and protect the significance of the small building, both above and below ground, to ensure it comes off the Historic England ‘at risk’ register.

The toilet was first constructed at the beginning of the twentieth century, but has deteriorated in last few decades since it closed its doors in the 1980s.

The design has been carried out by architects at DK-CM and include the ground floor being extended with a new garden room to the rear. The renovation of the new cafe will be funded by Haringey Council, the Greater London Authority’s Good Growth Fund and Historic England’s ‘High Street Heritage Action Zone’ funding.

Works have commenced on site and are expected to conclude in late 2022.

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