Proposed demolition of several buildings on the High Road, including two listed Georgian buildings, to accommodate a new and expanded stadium for Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.
Along with SAVE Britain's Heritage, we believe it would be feasible to rebuild the stadium to a larger capacity while retaining the row of historic buildings on the High Road; the desire to demolish them arises, as far as we can see, from a wish to create a visually dominant statement building rather than from genuine functional requirements. Tottenham Hotspur FC, having dedicated itself to gradual land assembly over the years, now owns all the threatened buildings and wishes to replace them with a piazza. Whether this would, in reality, be an attractive place, on matchdays or at any other time, is highly doubtful; much more likely is that it would be windswept, flyblown and litter-strewn.
Historic urban centres - and Tottenham High Road is certainly one of those, with a rich mix of historic buildings including a pair of Georgian townhouses dating from 1715 - need density and a tight grain to keep their definition. A scorched earth policy is neither desirable nor necessary here, as the threatened buildings offer enough scope for permeability to allow them to coexist easily with a major public venue such as a football stadium. We are pleased that Spurs propose to remain on their traditional site, but one of the thrills of urban stadiums lies in the dramatic changes of scale they offer, the juxtaposition of gargantuan structures and modest, domestic-scaled buildings. There is a fine opportunity here to continue that exciting relationship and treat the threatened buildings as a positive contributor to an imaginative solution rather than as an inconvenience.
SUCCESS! Spurs revised their plans in May 2010 to allow fo the retention and restoration of key historic buildings on the High Road, including Georgian Warmington House. Further information .