This project will deliver a Community Resource Hub for market traders, small businesses and the community at Wards Corner in Tottenham.
The Wards building is the gateway to Seven Sisters and Tottenham, located at the southern end of the high street. This locally-listed three-storey steel-framed building has stood empty since 1972.
The Wards Corner Community Resource Hub will bring the ground floor of the Wards building back into use, providing access to crucial services to Latin American, BME, low-income and other communities particularly affected by COVID-19 as well as other longstanding inequalities. It will provide access to start-up support, business development, online training, housing support, legal advice and translation services.
*We are in final discussions with the landowner for use of the site, and expect to have this confirmed during the crowdfunding campaign. No funds will be transferred to the project without this confirmed permission in place.*
What we'll deliver:
- Bring the ground floor of the Wards building back into use, creating a community hub at the gateway to Tottenham
- Engage local market traders, small businesses and the community to identify support needs
- Manage and programme the community resource hub to enable access to identified support services
Why it's a great idea:
The project will
• Bring the ground floor of the Wards building - a long-neglected historic high street - back into use for the benefit of the local community, contributing to the local economy and creating a community hub at the gateway to Tottenham.
• Engage market traders, small businesses, local residents and London’s Latin American communities in a co-design process to shape the Hub and the services and cultural activities to be accessed there.
• Enable London’s Latin American communities to access tailored community and business support services and specific cultural activities formerly available at Seven Sisters Market (closed following an electrical outage in March 2020) and Elephant and Castle shopping centre (closed in September 2020 for redevelopment).
• Develop and deliver additional community and business support services for the benefit of other local businesses and residents impacted by COVID-19, enhancing local prosperity and addressing inequalities.
Steps to get it done:
- Phase 1 (preparation) - Secure any remaining permissions (e.g. meanwhile use permission) - July 2021
- Phase 1 (preparation) - Establish Brief to RIBA Stage 01 - July/Aug 2021
- Phase 1 (preparation) - Engagement workshops with key stakeholders - Aug 2021
- Phase 1 (preparation) - Commission required surveys - Aug 2021
- Phase 1 (preparation) - Refine budget and financial model in light of COVID-19 and SSM situation - Aug 2021
- Phase 2 (design) - Engagement workshops to identify support needs - Sept/Oct 2021
- Phase 2 (design) - Interim co-design through engagement workshops - Nov 2021
- Phase 2 (design) - Development to RIBA Stage 03 - Dec 2021
- Phase 2 (design) - Final co-design workshops to share the scheme - Dec 2021
- Phase 2 (design) - Finalise Technical Design to RIBA Stage 04 and finalise tender process - Jan 2021
- Phase 3 (build) - Appoint contractors - Jan 2021
- Phase 3 (build) - Appoint Hub Manager and recruit service providers and cultural groups - Jan 2021
- Phase 3 (build) - Reinstate entrance and begin remedial work to the building - Feb 2022
- Phase 3 (build) - Fit out Hub - Mar 2022
- Phase 4 (delivery) - Launch event - April 2022
- Phase 4 (delivery) - Contingency period in light of COVID-19 situation - May/June 2022
- Phase 4 (delivery) - Full service provision and cultural programming live - Apr/May/June 2022 onwards
This project is independent of the Trust's long-term community plan to restore and bring back into permanent full use the historic buildings at Wards Corner, including a new market. However, it draws on the community plan and represents an opportunity to test and develop some of its propositions. For more information about the plan, see https://www.wardscornerplan.org/.
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