John McAslan today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Haringey Council to transform an empty Tottenham shop into a design hub offering work placements and training to local people. The practice will open the studio on Tottenham High Road in a groundbreaking partnership with the council.
The N17 Design Studio will work with the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London in a pilot project to give local students the chance to learn key skills in apprenticeships with globally recognised architects. Haringey Council will take a lease on the building and refurbish it to create a community facility in the centre of the High Road that will showcase regeneration plans and engage with local people on the future of Tottenham.
John McAslan, Executive Chairman of the practice, joined Haringey Council Leader Claire Kober and Interim College Principal and Chief Executive, Jane O'Neill, at the building in Tottenham this morning to meet some of the students that will benefit from the studio and sign a Memorandum of Understanding to launch the project.
Cllr Kober said: "It's fantastic to be welcoming John McAslan + Partners to Tottenham. Their enthusiasm for the area is testament to its potential to be one of London's centres for creativity, training and opportunity. Equipping our young people with the skills they need to fulfil their potential is at the centre of our regeneration plans for Tottenham, and this studio will help raise aspirations as much as transform an empty building. Creating new business spaces will help us secure a revitalised High Road that supports our long-term ambition that everyone in Tottenham has the opportunity to succeed and thrive."
John McAslan said: "We are delighted to be collaborating with Haringey Council in this exciting venture. The new design studio will help generate employment and regeneration, creating a forum in Tottenham for the education and future of young people through structured apprenticeships."
Interim Principal and Chief Executive of the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London, Jane O'Neill, said: "The College is very pleased to partner Haringey Council and JMP to develop the N17 Design Studio, playing such a key role in improving the career choices and achievement of local people. By offering essential training and excellent opportunities for work experience, together we will raise Tottenham's profile throughout London as a highly desirable location in which to study, work and live."
Haringey Council has already secured more than £1billion of investment to support the long-term regeneration of Tottenham, with major construction work already underway to bring 10,000 new homes and 5,000 new jobs by 2025.