Tottenham Green, Growth on the High Road
Surrounded by cultural, educational and religious institutions, Tottenham Green had nevertheless become an underused asset. The refurbishment of this landscape re-establishes the Green as a ‘civic heart’ to Tottenham.
Sensitive but significant adjustments of boundaries and ground levels were made to create new settings for existing mature trees, whilst additional planting and pedestrian routes form a new continuous surface and extended coherent green space. The renewed and reconsidered green space now provides a genuine retreat from the busy High Road, as well as effective pedestrian connections between public buildings, businesses and residents. The redesign has allowed a range of activities to be introduced, including performance, markets and emerging café culture.
Town Hall Approach Road was narrowed to become a cycle route and a setting for a street market. Bespoke seating and way-finding graphics add a new character. Stakeholder engagement was complex involving a series of different landowners but central to the success of the project of unifying the public realm.
A complex client and stakeholder group called for the utmost tact, skill and patience … the ultimate success of the project has been the result of careful judgments made by the designer.
Adams and Sutherland’s has breathed new life into Tottenham’s civic and community hub in an understated yet transformative way . . . The project has been highly successful in engaging the local community culminating in the establishment of a Friends Group and associated Green Flag status and has also secured additional social and economic benefits for the area including the establishment of a very successful weekly market on the Green.
Awards & Publications
- Winner: Best Place or Landscape, Haringey Design Awards
- Shortlisted: Building Design Public Realm / Masterplan Architect of the Year