Grainger meeting with Market traders re Apex House, 9th June.

In addition to the two drop-in sessions at CoNEL on 4th and 6th June, Grainger are sending invites to a presentation meeting with market traders on Tuesday 9th June.  This will be at the Pueblito Paisa cafe in the front of the market, from 6 to 7.30pm. The meeting promises to have a specific focus on the possible new market space within the Apex development.

“Representatives from the architects and developers will be on hand to talk you through the plans and answer any questions you may have.”

Though targeted at the market traders, for those of you who think CoNEL is too far away, or who can’t make the other meetings, this is also a chance to ask some of those questions about the design of the block from the outside. Focusing on use of the inside space may presume no-one is interested in what the bloody thing is like from outside. From miles away.



Grainger invite to drop-in exhibition re Apex House

The planners and architects may have got over their shock by now that the people who came to the Development Management Forum last week were appalled at the plans for Apex House (except one person).  The DMF is a statutory meeting, any major development has to have such a public meeting, inviting those who will be affected.  As the Apex plans will affect thousands, it’s a shame that only two dozen people had heard of it in time to get to that meeting.  Now there’s a more cuddly one, two chances, I bet they give you wine. Or biscuits. Go tell them, citizens of SoTo.

from their website:


Proposed redevelopment of Apex House, Seven Sisters Road, Tottenham

Grainger and architects John McAslan + Partners invite you to a second public exhibition to view the latest designs for the redevelopment of Apex House.

This consultation event provides an opportunity to see how the proposals have progressed since the first exhibition earlier this year. Have your say on our plans to deliver high-quality new homes and commercial space for Tottenham.

The exhibition will be held at The Café at Tottenham Centre, College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London, High Road, N15 4RU on:

Thursday 4th June 2015, 4pm-8pm;
Saturday 6th June 2015, 12pm-4pm.

To view the Development Management Forum presentation, please click here.

Probably not set up as question-and-answer, they will show you their slightly-misleading drawings and invite you to comment. Please do so, if we say nothing they will think we like it. Unless they have added a new one, there is no drawing of how it will look from the High Road. Basically, think of a great flat slab wider than Apex House is now, going up to the sky.

Fag Packet Tower less than enthusiastically welcomed

The Development Management Forum on the proposals for Apex House happened at CONEL on Wednesday night. Some three dozen people attended, including LBH staff and Grainger people, a reflection of the lack of publicity for this statutory event about plans that will directly impact on the lives of thousands of local people. They showed the latest plans for the 22 storey tower – slideshow here. The Q+A that followed heard almost universal condemnation of the plan, on the grounds of massing and lack of ambition in the design, and the long shadow it will cast. Squeezing Customer Services into the library means a loss to both services.

Despite the brief to produce a landmark building for this important site, with high quality design, with one exception the design was not felt to be Landmark enough, and its vast bulk is about the only feature that would be noteworthy. The architect’s claim that the building presents a slender profile when viewed from north and south, was challenged by one person who pointed out that the slideshow fails to show the view from east and west. The High Road frontage will be a great square slab, and the overall shape of the building is that of a fag packet. Your SotoAdmin taped the meeting but sound files will have to follow as the upload takes time.  LBH person Emma Williamson said that a sound record of the meeting will be published, so if they get theirs up first we’ll link it here, with a summary of all points raised.