Connecting Wood Green
Haringey Council has been awarded a £900,000 grant from the Greater London Authority’s Good Growth Fund for a set of projects called Connecting Wood Green.
Connecting Wood Green covers three areas: a meanwhile project at Olympia Trading Estate, The Library Hub Project (former Post Office unit), and general public realm improvements including public art commissions. The projects will boost locals’ skills and job opportunities, as we team up with partners to provide training for our residents.
The projects will deliver changes that help to draw people from the High Road and Station Road to the area around the current Chocolate Factory and Coburg Road, transforming it into a thriving, bustling part of Haringey. The plans will nurture existing and new businesses and communities and create new and improved space for businesses and social enterprises.
Connecting Wood Green is a scheme to boost the area as it awaits wider transformation. The plans encourage engagement and participation, creating opportunities for residents to really get involved in the area’s future.
Thank you to everyone who came along and share their views at the Wood Green’s places, spaces, streets drop-in events that took place between 22 – 25 January 2020. More than 200 members of the community gave their feedback.
Attendees were able to find out more about the Wood Green Design Manual and discuss potential projects to improve places, spaces and streets around Wood Green and Turnpike Lane. These included Turnpike Lane Improvements, Mayes Road, Penstock Tunnel, Parklets, Roj Café, Library forecourt and Russell Park kiosk.
All the information presented at the events can be downloaded below:
- Background to the project - what has happened to date (PDF,1.5MB)
- The Wood Green and Turnpike Lane Design Manual (PDF, 80KB)
- Project list (PDF, 561KB)
- Feedback (PDF, 76KB)
- Area Action Plan (AAP): expected pre submission for consultation: Summer 2020, subject to decisions being made with regards Council Owned Sites
- ROJ Café: planning application open for consultation. Please visit the dedicated Planning Services online website and use planning reference: HGY/2020/0271
Clarendon Yards is a meanwhile - short-term - project. Currently 126 people are employed there and around 70% of the employees are Haringey residents.
With St Williams new Heartlands scheme creating 1,700 new homes on the Heartlands site, Clarendon Yards already has the needs of future residents in mind. Crossfit provides the local gym, the brewery taproom provides the community space, and in a few months’ time, the new Honeycomb Nursery will open to meet educational needs.
Goodness Brewery (external link) is owned by Zack and Mike. Through the Clarendon Yards project, the local brewers were able to realise their ambitions, and now you can find their locally brewed beer stocked all across north London. As a brand-new business, they employ six local people and are looking to expand their operations and grow their Haringey based staff. What’s really different about this brewery, is that it is focussed on the ‘good’ - the brewery has a purpose-built tap room and event space, where local groups are invited to think about ways to share music, art and learning. So far, they’ve exhibited architectural work from students at Anglia Ruskin focussed on the nearby Chocolate Factory, as well as a fine arts exhibition showcasing work of local female artists.
Goodwin and Goodwin (external link) are London’s largest sign making company, and a stalwart of their industry. They’ve produced signs for everyone from Google, MTV, Spotify and Nike, and they recently produced the large Arsenal sign for Arsenal’s armoury shop (we’ll forgive them for that). Based originally in the Chocolate Factory, which is set to undergo development, the Clarendon Yards project has safeguarded this stalwart business, who were at risk of having to leave the area. Goodwin and Goodwin employs 19 people.
Collage Arts (external link) are a huge part of the creative fabric of Wood Green, housing hundreds of artists and creative practitioners in their workspaces across N22. Artspace 5 in Clarendon Yards has 22 studios.
Two units on the Wood Green Library site are vacant, including the former Post Office unit.
Studio 306 Collective CIC - a creative collective aims to empower disadvantaged locals recovering from mental illness by giving them the space and guidance to make high quality ceramics, jewellery, sewing craft and screen printed products which can then be sold - have moved into the former Post Office unit.
Pamela Anomneze is the driving force behind Studio 306.
As part of the Connecting Wood Green scheme, we have been working with designers, We Made That, on ideas for how Penstock Tunnel could be improved. One of the improvements will be a public art project which aims to activate and energise the space.
As part of the Penstock Tunnel improvements, designers We Made That with artist Emma Smith held an open public event at the Tunnel. This was to explore how light and colour make us feel and contribute ideas towards the artwork being created as part of the designs. The event was well attended by Heartlands School, local residents and community groups and general passers-by.
We will progress further with designs and hold a public engagement event once more detailed proposals have been developed. Keep checking back for updates.
- About the project (PDF, 785KB)
- Challenges and opportunities (PDF, 480KB)
- Guiding principles for the project (PDF, 1MB)
- Eastern entrance and tunnel (PDF, 2.7MB)
- Western entrance and river path (PDF, 2.1MB)
- Artwork concept (PDF, 777KB)
- Lighting concept (PDF, 434KB)