Haringey Council have secured £2m funding from the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund to carry out a series of improvements throughout Bruce Grove, including a pilot workspace intensification project in Morrison Yard, N17.
Morrison Yard is located just off the High Road at Bruce Grove. Originally built as a Brewery, it was converted into workspaces in 1983 and renamed after Bob Morrison, who was a Labour MP for Tottenham between 1922-1931 and 1935-1945.
The Yard, 551B High Road, the former gatehouse to the brewery, is a standalone single storey building in the curtilage of Morrison Yard. The vision for The Yard is to deliver a state of the art, flexible workspace for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). In addition, the building will include a cafe suitable for co-working with exhibition space and meeting room facilities.
The project will retain the existing neo-classical façade, with a new extension of exemplary contemporary design, rooted in the local historic character and diverse, rich culture of Bruce Grove.
Forming part of a wider package of investment on Tottenham High Road, the project will deliver on the council’s community wealth building agenda by delivering a more resilient local economy and responding to the challenges facing our High Streets as a result of Covid-19.
The council are working with IF DO Architects and ‘Street Space’, who are experts in community led design. Street Space have recruited two local young producers to lead on a number of engagement activities with residents and businesses in Bruce Grove, exploring options for the future of the Yard.
Since November 2020, the Young Producers have designed and delivered a range of online engagement activities and a new brand identity for The Yard. Activities have included a Cook-a-long with a local chef, and two Young Designer Workshops, and a storytelling session with Bruce Grove Primary School in collaboration with Alim Kamara. You can find out more about the great work and get involved by checking out their instagram account.