2016 is proving to be a very exciting year for Sutton Vane Associates as we were recently part of the design team for extensive public realm works at Tottenham Green that won the Best Place or Landscaping Scheme award at the 2016 Haringey Design Awards.

The team, acting on behalf of Haringey Council, led by architects Adams & Sutherland, included ourselves, quantity surveyors: Sweett, civil engineers: Civic, M&E engineers: Freeman Beesley, soft landscape designers: JCLA, and contractor Loughman, transformed Tottenham Green, creating a new civic heart. The green space has been improved and pedestrian space extended, creating a setting for new activities, including street markets, whilst also acting as a catalyst for improvements to surrounding buildings.

The award, in part, was down to the stunning lighting effects created on the elaborate historic facades of a number of listed buildings along Town Hall Approach, including the former Tottenham town hall, built in 1904.

The lighting element, in particular, presented a number of challenges. With existing services under the pavements surrounding the site, the Sutton Vane team had to make a series of difficult decisions on where to position the lights in order to avoid cables and other obstacles, while creating a lighting scheme that celebrated the sheer magnificence of the building. The end result was a fantastic visual triumph and secured the award for the design team.   

For more information on the awards, or to take a look at the other winners, please visit the awards site here.