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.
Haringey Council secured Planning and Listed Building Consent in June 2020 to restore the building and create a new use as a community café with a publicly accessible toilet, and work will begin in 2021.
The historic Grade II listed building, within the Bruce Grove Conservation Area, fell into disrepair and has been shut to the public since the seventies. It will be brought back into use with the help of a pioneering new Community Wealth Building Lease. The new design, completed by architects at DK-CM, includes the ground floor being extended with a new garden room to the rear.
The Community Wealth Building approach to this building resulted in the Council’s recent shortlisting as finalists at the National MJ Awards ‘Innovation in Property and Asset Management Awards’. The pilot lease model will incentivise the tenant to achieve social value outcomes by offering an annual rent discount at the end of the year for the delivery of certain indicators such as: employing Tottenham residents, long term unemployed and young people at risk.
The toilet was built in around 1920 and is a rare survival of an early twentieth-century public convenience with complete original fittings. Working closely with the council, local campaign group The Last Elm and heritage expert 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 Heritage at Risk register.
When the renovations are complete the building will be brought back to life and give a new use to add to the vibrancy of the area.
The High Road Strategy
The Tottenham High Road Strategy sets out our long-term plans to improve Bruce Grove and Tottenham High Road. Bringing the former Bruce Grove toilets back to life are a key part of this.
Already completed High Road improvement projects include the popular transformation of Holcombe Road Market, revamped shop fronts along the High Road and improved alleyways in Bruce Grove.