Announcing our Architectural Heritage Fund grant

The Trust is pleased to announce that the Architectural Heritage Fund has awarded it a Project Viability Grant of £15,000

The AHF’s Project Viability Grants support the production of feasibility and viability work such as the appropriate studies, reports, and evidence. We’ll be using our grant to commission necessary design and technical work, needed to advance the Community Plan

The commissioned work will align with stages of the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) Plan of Work. We’ll be commissioning Unit 38, the architectural design co-operative who co-produced the fourth iteration of the Community Plan. With this funding, they will produce two outcomes. Firstly, a RIBA stage 1 report, and secondly, what we’re calling an ‘interim’ RIBA stage 2 report. 

Both reports will gather together the work already completed in the course of the campaign. This will identify and fill any gaps to provide a firm foundation for subsequent RIBA stages. Our Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung grant will cover the remainder of the fees for this project.

This work is absolutely vital as we progress towards the delivery of the Community Plan. We’re immensely grateful to AHF for supporting us at this critical time, and hope to be able to continue working with them in the future. 

Update on Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung funding

In 2020, our funding from Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung was instrumental. We are happy to report that we have received a second grant from RLS.

The main priority for our 2020 grant was the development of the Seven Sisters Market  Tenants Association. Supporting the SSMTA is one of the Trust’s four objectives. Due to the prolonged closure of the market, this was of critical importance. Viviana da Silva supported the organisation and coordination amongst traders on key issues as a part-time Trader Organiser. These issues included TfL’s financial hardship support to traders, and the Trust’s temporary market proposal. In addition, the grant also supported the Trust’s efforts to work make the case for the Community Plan.  

Given how crucial this funding was in 2020, we’re immensely grateful to have been supported by RLS for the second year running.

This year, part of the grant continues to support the development of the SSMTA. This portion will provide the second stage of a training and capacity building programme, and the continuation of Viviana as Trader Organiser.

Alongside this, the main focus of the 2021 funding is the development of the Trust itself. We’ve been able to recruit our first paid worker, Elara Shurety, who started in late June. Elara, as our Development Manager, will support the work and organisation of the Trust, and the development of the Wards Corner Community Benefit Society. Our funding will also cover professional consultancy, as well as various organisational costs. These include costs for legal documents, web assets, and the registration of the CBS.

In addition, the third portion of this funding will consolidate and advance design work on the Community Plan by topping up funding from the Architectural Heritage Fund. It will also enable us to procure a necessary project management service. 

This funding places the Trust and the Wards Corner CBS in a strong position to deliver the Community Plan. Since its start, we’ve already seen the benefits. For instance, following Grainger’s withdrawal we were able to gain coverage in major publications due to our increased capacity. Highlights include a Guardian opinion piece by our Trustees, alongside coverage in the Times, Independent, the Guardian, ITV News, Metro, Tottenham Community Press, and Caracol. We look forward to continuing this progress for the remainder of 2021.     

Watch our Public Presentation of the Community Plan

On 4th August, the Trust held a public presentation of the Community Plan. Anyone interested was welcomed to join. In the lead-up, we shared details widely using social media, flyers, and emails. Over 60 people joined via the Zoom. In addition to this, more than 15 market traders viewed the presentation together in person. 

We’re sharing the recording and presentations here, so anyone can consult them in their own time. You can watch the full meeting by following this link. This link also includes an automated transcript and chat messages with live Spanish translation.

The meeting consisted of two presentations. Following this, we held 45 minutes of open discussion in which attendees asked questions to the Trust.

The first presentation was given by members of Unit 38, co-designers of the fourth iteration of the Community Plan. Unit-38 addressed the history of the site and the development of the Community Plan, before detailing of the latest iteration Plan in depth. You can find a copy of this presentation here.  

The second presentation of the evening was an update on the delivery of the Plan from Trustee, Myfanwy Taylor. This informed attendees on the progress the Trust has made regarding the financial viability of Plan, and the outcomes of recent studies commissioned by the Trust. As part of this, Myfanwy highlighted the Wards Corner Benefit Society, and the upcoming workshops to shape it. You can find a copy of this presentation, with Spanish translation, here.  

If you’re unable to access any of the items above, or have any questions about their contents, don’t hesitate to contact us.