Exhibition re Apex House


Letter from Grainger the developer – click to enlarge

The exhibition will be held at John McAslan + Partners design studio, 451 Tottenham High Road, N17 6QH on Wednesday 25 February from 4pm to 8pm, and on Saturday 28 February from 12pm to 4pm.

It could be said that it would make more sense to have the exhibition or a copy of it in Apex House, but I’m sure you won’t mind the journey up the road, it’s only a mile/five bus stops away.

Pictures /sketches here.

Who wants a 22-storey tower block right here? Real soon.

We’ve known for a while that Apex House, the unlovely redbrick block at the town centre junction where Seven Sisters Road meets the High Road, is due for demolition and replacement. The building, which currently houses Haringey’s Customer Services for the east of the borough, is no longer fit for purpose.  (So much for forward-thinking architectural design in the 70s.)   The site, nearly 1/2 hectare of brownfield land just 20 yards from Seven Sisters Station and so 20 minutes to Oxford Circus, has been sold to the developer Grainger for £3.4million.  The council claimed in their Cabinet meeting of July 2014 that the district valuer was satisfied that this is market value.

We have now seen the first draft plans for its replacement. A 22 storey tower block of mostly private housing. 95 dwellings, and retail on the ground floor. The architect is McAslan, a prestigious firm persuaded into the borough via BorisTheMayor, and recently installed in a shopfront converted at a cost of over £180,000 paid for by Haringey Council ie using my council tax and yours.

McAslan and Grainger and their promotions companies are showing their plans in a series of small meetings, by way of early consultation. They will be put online in a week or so, meanwhile here are some (not very good quality, photos from a slide show) pics of their logic and sketches of the tower.

After the meeting I had a sudden realisation of the dissonance between the architects/planners/developers approach and mine (and maybe others’) – they actually LIKE these enormous buildings. We are meant to be proud to have such a STATEMENT on our doorstep, to give us a sense of PLACE.  Being able to see this thing from the other side of Finsbury Park or from Dalston is meant to be an advantage – hence that fourth slide showing all the sight lines – how lucky we are!

.Updates as we get them.

Here’s one – “Please find attached an invitation to our public exhibition to discuss our plans and initial designs which will take place on Wednesday 25 February from 4pm to 8pm, and on Saturday 28 February from 12pm to 4pm. The exhibition will be held at John McAslan + Partners design studio, 451 Tottenham High Road, N17 6QH. “

Tottenham Green Market is back

from this Saturday 15th November  [edit – it closed again after a few weeks]

except not on Tottenham Green:

Tottenham Green Market, our Saturday market in Tottenham, is back EVERY Saturday from 15 November 10am to 3pm.

Our new venue is the Tottenham Chances car park, 399 High Rd N17 6QN.  Chances is three or four bus stops / ten minutes walk, from Seven Sisters, past the Monument, opposite the police station.

We’ve got an amazing lineup incl. Wildes Cheese, Craving Coffee, L’Atypique Wines, and lots more street food, cakes, charcuterie, bread, preserves and produce.

For updates follow @TottenhamMarket on Twitter.  or    on Facebook  ”

also while thinking of all things edible, Craving Coffee in Markfield Road (towards Tottnm Hale off Broad Lane) seems to be going from strength to strength. They have  special events planned in next few weeks.    Open  Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm (Food until 4pm)  Saturday-Sunday 10am-3pm (Food until 2.30pm)


Craving Coffee Team Tottenham Party, Thursday

from Craving Coffee:

inc Meet the Brewer from Redemption Brewery
Craving Coffee
Thursday, 6 November 2014 from 18:00 to 23:00 (GMT)

We love Tottenham and its passionate community spirit! We want to celebrate it with a Team Tottenham party in our cafe at The Mill Co. Project.

We’ll have our good friends from Redemption Brewery as guests at for Meet the Brewer, with a chance to learn more about and sample their beers.

Our menu that night will celebrate all things Tottenham, with dishes being made from Wildes Cheese, Flourish Bakery and Crop Drop Vegetables.

£5 entry, with proceeds going to The Markfield Project, a community centre in Markfield Park that promotes dignity, choice, independence and community inclusion of Disabled people and their families.

Limited tickets available.from Eventbrite.



Markfield AGM and Open Day Invitation 25th October 2014


Quote from HoL:

Please check out this great community resource. Markfield caters for young people and adults who may have learning difficulties ranging from mild to severe. They also offer real support for the families involved,helping them with all aspects of their lives which can include accessing services, education and benefits. At a time of austerity it is a lifeline for families who need support and is not confined to those in financial need, but treat everyone as equal and to be included.