John McAslan + Partners recently 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 studio - a groundbreaking partnership with the Council - will open in December 2014.
The N17 Design Studio is collaborating with the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London in a 12-month pilot project to give local students the chance to learn key skills with globally recognised architects. Haringey Council has taken a five-year lease on the building and it has been refurbished to create a community facility on the High Road, showcasing regeneration plans and engaging with local people on the future of Tottenham.
Project leaders include: John McAslan, Executive Chairman of the practice, Haringey Council Leader Claire Kober, Haringey Council CEP Nick Walkley, and Interim College Principal and Chief Executive, Louise Twigg. JMP project leaders are Aidan Potter and Natasha Manzaroli.
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, Louise Twigg, 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.
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