Exciting news for North Tottenham’s High Road! Twenty eight historic buildings and shopfronts will be restored to their former glory with the start of the Townscape Heritage Initiative’s (THI) restoration work next month. As part of the £2.3m project, Heritage Lottery Fund in partnership with Haringey Council are offering an 85% works grant to businesses, who also contribute towards the costs.
Since September 2016, Bruce Castle Museum has been encouraging greater awareness of the area’s rich history through heritage activities, offering training and learning opportunities for the local community, as well as events for schools and families. The restoration works will provide an attractive destination at the northern gateway to Tottenham and involve the wider community in caring for it.
Cuttle Construction Ltd has been appointed as the principal contractor for the first phase of the restoration, which starts in June. Cuttle will be working with architects Survey and Design – both companies have extensive experience of conserving historic shopfronts.
Cllr Alan Strickland, Haringey Council Cabinet Member for Planning, Regeneration and Housing said:
This is great news for Tottenham High Road with these properties adding to the growing list of buildings which have been restored in recent years. These fantastic historic shop-fronts will get a new lease of life after being unloved, covered up and unseen for too long.
A similar shop front improvement scheme in Green Lanes, Harringay resulted in traders reporting an increase in business turnover, while conservation at Myddleton Road, Bowes Park, which was voted a GB High Street of the Year, has spurred others to restore their shop fronts and new shops to open.
The restoration work will focus on the North Tottenham Conservation Area, the 18th century village core clustered around the junctions of Northumberland Park and White Hart Lane. In 2014 the North Tottenham Conservation Area Appraisal Plan, produced by Butler and Hegarty Architects, assessed buildings in the conservation area to be both historically important and, owing to the economic depression within the area and immense development pressure, 'At Risk'.
The first buildings to be scaffolded will be 797-805 High Road followed by some of the buildings along White Hart Lane and north of Northumberland Park Road – street numbers will be confirmed soon.
Cuttle will provide valuable opportunities for locals to gain skills through apprenticeships and work experience placements. The scaffolding will be used to exhibit colourful and uplifting banner artworks created by Year 5 children from local schools Harris Primary Academy Coleraine Park and Risley Avenue Primary.
Heritage Lottery Fund distributes the heritage share of National Lottery funding, supporting a wide variety of projects across the UK. Since its foundation in 1994, thanks to National Lottery players, the Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded £7.1billion to over 40,000 projects.