About the project

A project to regenerate this part of Walthamstow town centre by preserving and enhancing the historic townscape in St James conservation area.

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The restoration works are being financed by a £1.46 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, with the council providing £1.34 million and the balance contributed by generous local businesses and volunteers. The project is expected to be completed by Summer 2017.

When the project is complete, the area will have had 
• extensive streetscape improvements, including resurfacing of the road, improving pavement and lighting and removing signage that clutters the bottom of the High Street and St James Street 
• vital building conservation and repairs to 59 properties 
• targeted support and training for local businesses aimed at improving their attractiveness 
• heritage training for local residents, schools, HFE/FEs and stakeholders 
• engagement of residents in local oral history activities and workshops with an exhibition in Vestry Museum.

• Physical: Building conservation, repair and improvements to 59 properties – repair and restoration of historic features, brick cleaning and repairs, removal of unnecessary signage and clutter, installation of new shopfronts, and architectural lighting to landmark buildings

• Place Shaping: Transformation of St James St/High Street junction into a Gateway to the area – new heritage paving and lighting columns, bespoke benches, soft and hard landscaping, new shared pedestrian/cyclist crossings, vehicular traffic calming measures to encourage and give priority to pedestrians/cyclists;

• Adoption and development of the ‘Griffin’ figures on building pilasters as the brand for the area

• Business Support & Training: 36 local businesses provided with intensive targeted support and training in visual merchandising, promotion and marketing and employment legislation

• 2 work experience placements delivered

• 22 Volunteer local residents, with 6 gaining Oral History interviewing skills

• St James Street Business Forum established.

• Improved business curation/offer, with a High Street Strategy Study recommending a programme of further Walthamstow Market improvements

• Heritage awareness activities: delivered to 90 primary school pupils and 59 freeholders/leaseholders

• Website for St James Street established

• Catalyst for South Grove/St James SPD delivering 1,000 new homes, commercial space, activated railway arches and further public realm improvements.

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If you would like more information
about the project you can email 
Chuck.Onyiliogwu@walthamforest.gov.uk.