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Building Wood Green Shopping City


A contemporary BBC piece about the trials & tribulations faced by Haringey Council in building Wood Green Shopping City. (Posted on Harringay Online, originally from British Pathe.)


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Comment by Clive Carter on July 19, 2010 at 11:16
In a slightly different context, the Treasury Solicitor had a few remarks about Wood Green Shopping City. This development was an LBH all-in-house designed creation.

The then Haringey CEO (Gurbux Singh) had held up Wood Green Shopping City as a an example of Haringey's experience and ability to handle large building projects.

Mr Singh was arguing for indemnities from the government for huge cost overruns over the rebuilding of Alexandra Palace, after the 1980 fire.

The Treasury Solicitor's damning letter (NB 3.5 MB file), letter is damning. Page 5 refers to the experience of the Wood Green development. This is one of the most important letters in the public domain that bears on the alleged 'debt' which Haringey claim are owed by our Charity to the Council.
Comment by Lesley Ramm on August 15, 2010 at 1:48
Wonderful to see WG High Rd from 1970's. I wonder what lessons there are for teh council over the new Sainsbury's development in Hornsey High Street?
Comment by John McMullan on August 15, 2010 at 21:52
Hugh, this is a very clever forgery. Your editing skills are now top class. Why don't you do something useful with them rather than making our poor old council look commercially naive?
Comment by Clive Carter on August 16, 2010 at 8:27
John I think that if you look at where Haringey has been involved with property over the last several years, especially the larger projects and where it doesn't simply sell land but gets deeply involved with developers, you might agree that 'commercially naive' is one way of putting it, but you're being Charitable.Trust me!
Comment by Sarah Dora on September 17, 2010 at 19:52
Funny, all the memories that came flooding back as he passed Woolies and Boots in the car.... My Uncle Geoff helped do the plumbing in WGSC. A little claim to fame there. It was quite exciting going there for the first time as a kid. Whatever happened to that lovely HUGE wooden frog on the 1st floor? I used to love playing on that. :->
Comment by Michele on April 12, 2013 at 15:53

Would be interesting to know if the Council ever did get its/our money back or are we still paying for it?

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