Haringey has been awarded a grant of just over £2m from Historic England’s Heritage Action Zone fund for Bruce Grove. Haringey Council will be match funding taking the project total to circa £4.6m.

The Heritage Action Zone funding can be used for the repair and restoration of both historic properties and public realm spaces within the Bruce Grove Town Conservation Area (Bruce Grove Town Centre) in Tottenham.

This funding will be used to encourage more people to visit Tottenham High Road, making it more welcoming and safer. The aim is to encourage people to walk along Bruce Grove to Tottenham Green to enjoy the diverse local shops and handsome buildings.

The improvements will pay for:

  • Building repairs that contribute to the historic fabric of the area
  • The repair and/or reinstatement of distinctive features (e.g. Historic shopfronts)
  • Repair and reinstatement of the historic public realm spaces to those properties
  • Work to bring vacant buildings or parts of buildings back into use
  • Adaptation of buildings to reflect the changing nature and role of high streets
  • The development and implementation of a cultural programme and community engagement activities

What shops can take part?

To take part in the programme, businesses must meet these key criteria:

  • The shop/ premises must be based within the Bruce Grove Conservation area boundary 
  • Are listed by Historic England given the buildings architectural and historical value
  • Require the repair and restoration of historic features.

Unfortunately, businesses that have received grants under previous heritage programmes are ineligible.

Shop improvements

The shops that take part will get a sympathetic historic restoration. This might include a new shopfront that will enhance the overall appearance of the building with a visually enhanced external façade and window display, potentially leading to greater footfall and sales.

The improvement works will be mostly paid by both Historic England and the Council with a contribution towards the improvement costs of at least 80% or potentially more by both parties. The agreed monetary contribution from property owners and/or business tenants to subsidise the improvement works will be determined with Historic England shortly. This will mean a contribution of only 20% or potentially less by the Property owner and/or business tenant towards the improvement costs undertaken to the property. 

Get involved

Historic England and the council want residents to become actively involved in the programme, including helping to develop and implement a cultural programme that will celebrate the history of the high street and its importance to local communities over the generations.

Residents and businesses can also join and participate in the Conservation Area Advisory Committee to support the Council in securing those improvements to properties within Bruce Grove and in preparing and adopting new supplementary planning guidance for properties and shops that are to be repaired and restored, this will include design guidance for new shop fronts in historic environments.

For more information, email tottenhamregeneration@haringey.gov.uk.

Timeline

The programme will run over a four-year period from April 2020 to March 2024.