Tottenham Town Hall and Isobel Place win London Planning Award

Posted: 05.02.2015

bptw’s scheme for the renovation of the Grade II listed Tottenham Town Hall and new associated residential scheme at Isobel Place for Newlon Housing Trust was named as the Best Heritage Led Project at the London Planning Awards on Tuesday night. The two phase scheme, which is now fully occupied, rescued the former Town Hall from the English Heritage ‘At Risk’ register and also provides 109 new affordable homes for Tottenham. At the award ceremony held at City Hall the scheme was described by the Mayor of London as ‘”giving a new sustainable use to a historical building and significantly improving its setting’”.

The annual awards are organised by not-for-profit advocacy group London First, with the Mayor of London, the Royal Town Planning Institute and the capital’s councils. Councillor Ali Demirci, Haringey Council’s cabinet member for planning, said: “I’m delighted that our restoration of this fantastic building and new affordable homes at the centre of Tottenham’s cultural heart has been recognised as one of London’s best”.

The project which involved close collaboration between bptw, Newlon Housing Trust, United House and English Heritage involved the sensitive renovation of the exterior and interior of the Grade II Listed Edwardian Baroque Town Hall building, including the grand foyer and Moselle Room with its stunning Moorish-Jacobean style ceiling. The newly restored Town Hall now provides the community with much needed functional spaces for businesses, an MP’s surgery, a café and flexible meeting spaces.

Isobel Place was part of a cross subsidy strategy to enable the refurbishment of the Town Hall and delivers 109 family homes. Situated on the backland site to the rear of the Town Hall, the development was sensitively designed to complement its historical context, with apartment blocks arranged around two south facing courtyards. A key focal point of the development is the former central depot clock tower range which was previously suffering from brick decay and water ingress, and has now been refurbished and converted into an attractive terrace of houses. At the opening of Isobel Place late last year Tottenham MP David Lammy said “It’s exciting to see these new homes at the heart of Tottenham, helping local people set down roots and strengthening our vibrant community.”

Previously the scheme has been shortlisted for the First Time Buyers Readers Awards, listed in Inside Housing’s Top 50 UK Affordable Housing Developments, and featured in an English Heritage publication as an example of successful residential design within a historical context.