Reviving Wood Green Town Centre
We have been carrying out engagement events on Wood Green’s Future since early 2015. There has been broad support for developing small, meanwhile projects to improve Wood Green in the short-term by providing spaces for local people to make the place unique and support the local economy. The former Station Road Car Park and Tulip House are sites full of potential to achieve this aim.
As part of our commitment to bring new activities, cultural events and entertainment to Wood Green, we have launched a dedicated project to bring vacant land, a car park and buildings in Station Road back to life.
As it’s an important route that people use to travel between the High Road to Alexandra Palace, we have secured over £500,000 funding from the Greater London Authority to transform Station Road into a vibrant and lively experience for all. The space will be filled with:
- Creative workspaces
- Food and drink events, street food and markets
- Arts exhibition spaces
- Better evening activities
The revamp will bring more training and employment support for local people. The project will be a clear signal that regeneration in Wood Green is starting, and help provide more opportunities and activities for local people and businesses, while plans for long-term investment are drawn up. The first part of the project to be developed was the Green Rooms Art Hotel (external link) at 13-27 Station Road which opened in June 2016. We will also be working to develop the underused offices at 40 Cumberland Road into additional affordable work spaces and studios for local businesses. This will open in 2017.
With the support of the GLA and LB Haringey, and in partnership with Jan Kattein Architects, Meanwhile Space are unlocking potential and animating a former car park site and adjacent 2 storey office building near Wood Green station. This will provide spaces for local people to make the place unique, harness their creativity and grow their business. The 5-year project will offer:
- Timber “micro-shed” workspaces
- A new café housed in a double decker bus
- Raised planter “micro-allotments”
- Shared green yard space
- Pitches for occasional markets
Tulip House will be refurbished to provide:
- A metal workshop
- A timber workshop
- Studios for rent
The delivery of the project will happen in 2 phases: in the first phase, refurbishment of Tulip House will be carried out and spaces on the first floor will be available to move into in February 2017, with the second phase focusing on the car park site where a self-build project will provide “micro-shed” workspaces and a café which will be available from April 2017.
The application process is now open for the studios on the first floor of Tulip House that will be available from February 2017 – if you’d like to apply for a space, visit the project page (external link) on the Meanwhile Space website where you will find a document that includes all of the information about the spaces that are available in this round and how to apply.
You can also access the application form here (external link). Meanwhile Space will be accepting applications for the remaining spaces on a rolling basis and will review applications every second Friday of the month until spaces are filled.
If you are planning to apply after the building opens in February 2017, please be aware that the aim is to have the building fully occupied upon opening, so the space you want may not be available.
If you have any questions about the project or need any help with your application please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To keep up to date with how the project progresses and any opportunities coming up, sign up to the Meanwhile Space newsletter (external link).
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