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Duggan Morris wins go-ahead for Tottenham work and housing scheme

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Haringey Council planners have given the green light to Duggan Morris Architects’ £27 million employment-led scheme in South Tottenham.

The proposals will see Bernard Works, an industrial site near Seven Sisters, demolished and rebuilt as part of a joint venture between Empyrean Developments and social enterprise The Mill Co Project.

The 11,248m² development will provide 28 affordable workspaces, to be let at 75 per cent of market rate, as well as 89 residential units for private sale.

In addition, there will be 12 ‘tethered’ affordable residential units for commercial occupiers who want to live on site.

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Source: Forbes Massie

The scheme is set around a working courtyard and will also include a new public park, a public-use community pavilion, and a café.

A total of 55 objections, including two petitions, were lodged against the scheme, raising concerns over how the scale of the buildings would impact on surrounding streets.

London Assembly member for Haringey and Enfield Joanne McCartney also objected on behalf of residents who said there was not enough affordable housing in the scheme.

Model matrix

But Haringey planners said that in this instance the provision of affordable workspace was a priority, with the residential element being the ‘enabling development’.

Officers said the proposal was ‘very well designed’ and ‘offers an innovative approach to employment-led redevelopment, which officers consider offers a model approach for future schemes.’

The South Tottenham area has been identified by the GLA as a developing Creative Enterprise Zone, an initiative to help creatives by providing low-cost workspaces.

The landscaping and amenity space for the Bernard Works scheme was designed by MRG Studio.

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170830 full length facade 3

Project data

Location Bernard Works, Bernard Road, Haringey, N15 4N
Type of project Workspace (B1, B2) café (A3) community pavilion (Sui Generis) music rehearsal space (Sui Generis Residential (C3)
Clients GCAP Affordable Workspace Provider: The Mill Co Project / Empyrean
Architect Duggan Morris Architects
Landscape architect MRG Studio
Planning consultant Urbanissta
Structural engineer Michael Barclay Partnership
M&E consultant Long & Partners
Quantity surveyor Hampton London
Head of planning Assistant Director of Planning Haringey-Emma Williamson
Planning officer James Hughes
Lighting consultant Long & Partners
Main contractor Pre-appointment
Funding N/A
Tender date October 2018
Start on site date January 2019
Completion date January 2021
Contract duration 24 Months
Gross internal floor area 11,248m² GIA
Form of contract Construction Management
Total cost £27 million (aprox)

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