Mayor of London celebrates sport-led regeneration of Tottenham
Thu 11 January 2018, 12:30|Tottenham Hotspur
• Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, visits the Club’s new stadium scheme
• Mayor hosted by Daniel Levy, Club Chairman, and joined by Mark Waller, NFL Executive Vice-President, with announcement of the 2018 NFL London Series fixtures imminent
• Scheme is driving major sport-led regeneration of North Tottenham including new jobs for local people, updated transport links, new homes, schools, shops and greater economic prosperity
• Mayor visits historic Percy House and meets young local people who have gained employment through the scheme, joined pathways to improved education and apprenticeships
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, today paid his first visit to the site of our new stadium scheme – a development widely acknowledged as the catalyst for the regeneration of one of the capital’s most deprived areas.
Accompanied by Club Chairman, Daniel Levy, NFL Executive Vice-President, Mark Waller, and Claire Kober, Leader of Haringey Council, the Mayor took a tour of the stadium site before visiting Percy House, the new home of the Club’s Foundation which is delivering education and employment pathways for the local community.
The new stadium, set to open later this year, will be the largest capacity football club stadium in London, creating a new sports and leisure destination for the capital with a hive of activity 365 days a year, a new museum, an innovative Skywalk, 21st century retail experiences, first-class conference and banqueting and high quality leisure facilities including restaurants and a hotel – and will attract in excess of two million visitors per year.
Supporting the stadium development will be a vastly improved local transport infrastructure, including redeveloped stations at White Hart Lane and Northumberland Park and upgrades at Tottenham Hale. The arrival of Crossrail 2 will further enhance an area that is already highly accessible by public transport.
The Club scheme has kick-started regeneration plans to the east and west. The Club has to date already delivered 258 new homes, 100 per cent affordable, the new Brook House Primary School on the site of an old rubber factory, the 78,000 square foot Sainsbury’s supermarket and the London Academy of Excellence Tottenham school (LAET).
To date, as a direct result of the scheme, 1,133 new jobs have been delivered across a range of industries, including retail, education, construction, hospitality, IT and security, with all going to local people.
The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, the charitable arm of the Club, will deliver a hub for enterprise, skills and training, creating sustainable, long-term education and employment opportunities for local people at the newly-renovated and restored Percy House, a prominent 18th Century building with historic links to the Club, on Tottenham High Road that has been restored and renovated to become a thriving community hub with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and match funding from the Club.
Here the Mayor was introduced to local young people who have already gained employment through a range of innovative employment programmes, as well as students from the LAET – a new state-funded Sixth Form delivered with the financial support of Tottenham Hotspur and the educational support of Highgate School, based on the new stadium site, bringing expertise and first-class teaching from nine top independent schools such as Harrow and Haberdashers – giving the area’s brightest students the best possible access to leading Universities.
Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, said: “London is the sporting capital of the world and I look forward to seeing Tottenham Hotspur’s hugely impressive new stadium join the line-up of world-class sports arenas in our great city. I welcome the commitment from Spurs in building not just a fantastic stadium for Premier League football and the NFL, but also leading the regeneration of this area of London and investing in local people."
Daniel Levy, Chairman, said: “We should like to thank the Mayor for taking the time to come and see first-hand the Club’s investment and commitment to an area that has long been identified as a priority by the GLA.
“The scheme represents a near £1bn private sector investment in one of the most socially and economically deprived areas in London.
“Our vision was always to deliver far more than a stadium – we have looked to create a new sport and leisure destination for London and to start real place change in Tottenham – an area about which we are passionate.
“The additional developments, new homes, new schools and shops, restored historic buildings and new jobs delivered has started to transform this area and it’s vital that the momentum we have created is supported and utilised to the benefit of the local community.
“The Club’s 10 year agreement with the NFL will further elevate the profile of Tottenham nationally and internationally and bring additional significant spend and opportunities to the local area.”
Ahead of today’s announcement of the 2018 NFL London Series fixtures, that will include the first to be played at our new stadium, Mark Waller, Executive Vice-President, NFL, said: “We are committed to hosting NFL games in world-class venues in London and are very excited about launching our partnership with Tottenham Hotspur later this year. We will be playing games at a magnificent venue that has been built specifically to accommodate us and it is great to see the stadium taking shape. We share the Club’s vision and commitment to creating the best experience for our teams, fans and local community and look forward to playing our role in supporting the regeneration of the Tottenham area.”