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.
This is an exciting, mixed-use social enterprise scheme. Five industrial units and three surrounding buildings will be transformed as a meanwhile project before work begins in 2020 on a new, permanent scheme there. The scheme will safeguard many existing businesses and create space for new tenants and for cultural and community activities which will draw more people to the area.
Olympia Trading Estate is owned by a private landowner and the Clarendon Yards project is being delivered by their lessee, The Gas Work Project. Local sign-makers Goodwin and Goodwin have already moved in, as well as a CrossFit gym which is operational. Local micro-brewery The Goodness Brewery are in the process of securing a licence to operate from another unit.
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.
We plan to create a hub for consultation and engagement activities for the wider regeneration programme in the remaining unit.
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.
Following a selection process involving local residents, Heartlands School, Alexandra Palace Trust, the GLA, We Made That, UP Projects and Haringey officers, we are delighted to announce artist Emma Smith has been selected to work on the designs. Emma is looking forward to working with local people and groups to develop creative ideas for the Tunnel.
Emma Smith is a visual artist based in the UK and works internationally. Her work investigates human relationship, communication and sense of place. If you would like to find out more about her commissions visit Emma Smith's website (external link).
We are developing proposals to deliver improvements along the circular route connecting Station Road, the High Road and area around the Chocolate Factory and Coburg Road and entrance to Alexandra Park at the Penstock Tunnel. Work will include the refurbishment of Penstock Tunnel, Library arcade improvements and investment in green infrastructure, public realm, public art, lighting and signage.