Shopfront restoration in full swing

Work continues apace on North Tottenham Townscape Heritage Initiative with scaffolding up at two sites on the High Road.

 

Cuttle Construction (external link), along with the architectural firm Survey & Design (external link), are undertaking specialist repairs and restorations to a dozen buildings, some of which are Grade II listed, returning them to their former glory and reinstating them once again as the pride of Tottenham.

 

Dust, weather and traffic fumes make life hard for a building on the High Road, but after years of challenging conditions, these buildings are finally getting the love and attention they deserve.

 

New timber sash windows are being fitted and old ones restored.

 

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Photo by Cuttle Construction

Brickwork is being repaired and repointed with lime mortar.

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Photo by Cuttle Construction

Helical bars embedded in the mortar repointing have been used to fix structural cracks.

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Photo by Cuttle Construction

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The buildings have have undergone thorough assessment by Structural Engineer Al Grant, pictured here with Project Manager Catherine Cavanagh.

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Photo by Rowan Kumar

Treasures have been discovered and brought back to life, like these handmade clay chimney pots.

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Photo by Rowan Kumar

And this decorative metalwork.

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Photo by Rowan Kumar

This beautiful ceramic tiling was revealed beneath the wooden Bricklayers sign. It had been boarded up for years. Sadly the original ceramic lettering had been chipped off at an earlier date but the team decided to clean up the remaining tiles, with the missing letters bearing out a trace of the pub’s history.

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This project is more than just bricks and mortar though, and Cuttle are providing opportunities for Haringey residents to gain skills and experience. As well as offering site tours for CONEL Construction students, Cuttle are seeking apprentices to work on the project. Jack has just joined the team as a carpentry apprentice. Contact louisa@cuttleconstruction.co.uk to find out more about apprenticeship opportunities.

 

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Photo by Cuttle Construction

The appearance of these handsome 19th century buildings will be greatly improved by all this expert attention, and new shopfronts will create an attractive shopping destination at the northern gateway to Tottenham, while a programme of complementary activities will involve the wider community in caring for it.

North Tottenham Townscape Heritage Initiative is generously supported by Heritage Lottery Fund (external link), Haringey Council and local businesses.

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