Harringey’s economy is dominated by small businesses. Over 90% of the businesses employ 10 or fewer people. Haringey Council recognises the contribution that small businesses make to the local economy and the limitations that rising rents and a lack of suitable workspace excert on the sector. With funding from the GLA High Street Fund, the Council is delivering a family of meanwhile projects, including the Green Room Hotel, The Blue House & Yard and Wood Green Works, complementing the wider regeneration of the area. During the summer of 2016 Jan Kattein Architects and Meanwhile Space CIC (aka High Street Works Ltd.) were awarded the contract to deliver and operate the Blue House & Yard project on a disused car park in the town centre. The project will provide:
• 9 no. two storey timber “micro-shed” workspaces
• a new café housed in a double decker bus
• a newpublic space
• replacement of the existing minicab office
• 7 no. pitches for occasional markets
These measures will bring back into use council-owned property in a key town centre and signal regenerative change for the area. Planning permission was secured in December 2016 and phase 1 works are now complete. Phase 2 – the micro-shed workspaces are being delivered as a self-build project with carpentry students from Conel.