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You and Me Architecture transforms Tottenham shop fronts

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You and Me Architecture has transformed 25 shops in north London as part of a £90,000 scheme

The architects have worked closely with independent businesses and the local community of West Green Road and High Road to improve shopfronts and flank walls in the area.

The project, funded by the GLA and the business owners, has seen each shop transformed with a bespoke design in an attempt to compliment Haringey’s regeneration work to make the area more welcoming for shoppers.

The scheme received a Rising Star Award at the 2015 Great British High Street Awards.

The practice is also working on a £1.5million scheme to restore Tottenham’s historic shop fronts to their former glory, with early design work with traders due to start soon.

Imbel mural

The architect’s view

We have worked closely with local business to develop their existing brand and individuality on the High Street.

Our approach has been to group the shops in a series of ‘clusters’ on the High Street strategically located to maximise impact and encourage further future growth and investment. We have focused on shops in particular bad condition and key corner units whose gable ends often give opportunities for artworks.

The designs take cues from the area’s rich history, community stories, as well as the amazing range of service and products available along West Green Road and High Road. Kejetia’s windows display her food products from Plantain to African Bitters; West Green Carpets takes Persian rug patterns to create patterns on the shops side shutters which are permanently down; an artwork on Gunaydin side elevation depicts the story of Seven Sisters trees and Bucky’s News embellishes the Victorian architecture of the high street creating a bay window motif on the shopfront. It’s been a great process!

Kejetia Before/After

Project data

Location High Road & West Green Road, Tottenham, London
Type of project Regeneration - Shopfront Improvements & Flank Wall Artworks
Client London Borough of Haringey
Funding: GLA and Business owners
Start on site date February 2015
Contract duration 6 month
Form of contract and/or procurement Design & Build
Total cost £90,000 inc. design fees
Main contractor YOU&ME Architecture

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