TOTTENHAM HIGH STREET HERITAGE ACTION ZONE
Haringey has been awarded a grant of just over £2m from Historic England’s High Streets Heritage Action Zone programme to set up the Tottenham High Street Heritage Action Zone in Bruce Grove.
This is part of the £95 million government funded High Streets Heritage Action Zone programme that is being delivered by Historic England to unlock the potential of over 60 high streets across the country. Haringey Council will be match funding, taking the project total to around £5m.
The Tottenham High Street Heritage Action Zone, or ‘HSHAZ’, will make the high street in Bruce Grove Town Centre a more attractive, engaging and vibrant place for people to live, work and spend time. It aims to build a unique identity for the local area and its people, celebrate its cultural diversity and encourage investment.
The HSHAZ programme seeks to achieve these goals by funding long-term improvements to buildings and public spaces within the Bruce Grove Conservation Area. Focussing on Bruce Grove (road) and the High Road, the HSHAZ programme will carry out physical improvements to buildings, cultural activities and community engagement.
The HSHAZ programme will pay for:
- Improved public/community facilities, including restoration of the Bruce Grove Public Conveniences and enhanced facilities for young people
- Repair and/or reinstatement of traditional shopfronts and other distinctive historic features
- Improvements to public realm, including new paving, street greenery and signage
- External repairs and enhancements to key historic buildings within the conservation area
- Preparation of detailed design and planning guidance, alongside training, to inform improvements and to equip local property and business owners with the knowledge to maintain and/or improve properties
- Essential surveys and inspections of key buildings at risk, to inform future schemes of improvement
- A series of cultural and community engagement activities to enable local people to engage with and become invested in their heritage
At the core of the HSHAZ programme is improving the condition of and encouraging sustainable uses for heritage buildings that are at risk. This will safeguard them for the future.
This element of the HSHAZ programme will include essential surveys to improve an understanding of works required to preserve buildings at risk within the HSHAZ area. It will also support the transformation of two key community facilities.
The former Bruce Grove Public Conveniences, a Grade II listed building on the Heritage at Risk Register, will be comprehensively refurbished to re-provide public toilets alongside a new café.
The Bruce Grove Youth Space, located within the grounds of a Grade II listed building will be renovated to enhance its provision for local young people.
Properties that meet the following criteria will be considered for potential shopfront improvements:
- Are statutorily or locally listed and are located within the Bruce Grove Conservation Area, or
- Are identified as positive contributors within the ‘Bruce Grove Conservation Area and Management Guidelines’
Eligible property and business owners will be contacted directly by us to invite them to take part in this element of the programme.
The shops that agree to take part will benefit from a sympathetic reinstatement of a traditional shopfront. This might mean either an entirely new shopfront, or simply redecoration and new signage. The result will be an overall improvement to the appearance of the shop, making it more inviting and potentially increasing footfall and sales.
At least 80% of the cost of the works will be paid for by Historic England and the council. Property owners and/or business tenants will be asked to subsidise the works with a contribution of approximately 20% of the costs.
An ambition for the HSHAZ programme is to prepare a comprehensive yet user-friendly Design Guide for the Bruce Grove Conservation Area. This guide will serve as a resource to enable landowners, developers, and planners to make informed decisions on materials, details and types of construction for shopfronts, facades and forecourts. It will also provide an understanding of the permissions required for making changes to properties and seek to form the basis of future policy. This will ensure the legacy of the HSHAZ improvements is maintained once the programme is completed.
A key element of the HSHAZ programme is the HSHAZ Cultural Programme. The HSHAZ Cultural Programme is a series of commissioned cultural activities that will celebrate the local identity of Tottenham. Look out for literature pop-up events, public art interventions, a walking trail and archival research projects,. A particular focus of these projects will be engaging with, encouraging participation from and developing skills in young people in the local area.
The HSHAZ Cultural Programme will be delivered by a Cultural Consortium led by the Bernie Grant Arts Centre and including the North London Community House, Bruce Grove Youth Space and Bruce Castle Museum. Local artists, writers and curators, informed by feedback from community consultation, will lead on the activities of the cultural programme.
The Tottenham HSHAZ programme will run until March 2024.
We will be actively seeking the views of members of the local community over the course of the programme. This will be especially critical for improvements to shopfronts and public realm, and the preparation of design and planning guidance.
We will publish regular updates and invite local people to share their views on key activities as well as holding consultation events. Residents and businesses can also join and participate in the Conservation Area Advisory Committee to support the council in securing improvements to properties within Bruce Grove.
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