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Wood Street regeneration

Wood Street has benefited from funding from both Transport for London and the Mayor's Outer London Fund. This funding has enabled Public Realm improvements to be made to the length of Wood Street and the Plaza.

Investment in the shop fronts and windows of local businesses, local business support and training, art interventions, rejuvenation of the Wood Street Indoor Market and lighting features. This investment will continue for the next two years. Please keep referring to these pages for updates on these projects.

In addition to these immediate changes Wood Street is also an Area Action Plan area, and as such consultation will be undertaken this summer on the long-term plans and ambitions for the area over the next ten to fifteen years. Please see our planning policy pages for further information.

Latest news

May 2014:

Works to the Plaza/Playground are now complete as well as the school fencing and art installation.  Please see attached image of completed work.  The Shop Front Improvement works are due for completion June 2014.

February 2014:

Work continues on the Plaza/ Playground with an anticipated completion date of the end of March 2014.  The School fencing and art installation is due to be completed at the beginning of March and the Shop front improvements by the end of April.

The Wood Street regeneration scheme was shortlisted under the “boosting Economic Growth” category in the 2013 Place Making awards

November 2013:

Wood Street Plaza/ Playground refurbishment

As part of The Council’s Project 2013 and the Mayor’s Outer London Fund work has started on the improvement of the playground at Wood Street plaza.

The project seeks to refurbish and improve the 2 play areas adjacent to the Plaza in Wood Street and creating a walk-through to the Marlowe Rd entrance of the Indoor Market.

Work will include:

  • Improved play for younger children
  • Refurbished equipment that the community told us they wanted retained
  • New adventure-play equipment.
  • Young-people’s play area being separated from the younger children’s play area (as requested during the playground consultations)
  • An improved ball court, plus other age-appropriate equipment and seating for young people

This work has been programmed to be undertaken when the playground would be less busy and is scheduled for completion in early spring 2014. Please click on the link to see an image.

Wood Street shop front improvement

Work has started on the shop fronts along Wood Street.

Cosmur are the contractors undertaking the works and they have a site office in the Colvins Parade.

It is anticipated scaffolding will be down before Christmas on the majority of blocks with work due to finish in February 2014.

Woodside Academy Bridge and Forest site fencing

Cath Cambell has designed an art installation that is currently being manufactured ready for installation early in 2014.  Please click on the link to see an image.

Alongside this art installation fencing along Corbett Road and around the Bridge site of the Academy are being unified through the installation of new fencing and signage for both sites will be installed along the fences as well.  All this work will be completed by early 2014.

January 2013:

Wood Street plaza and playground consultation

Consultation has now finished on the Wood Street plaza and playground. Thank you for all those who gave time to participate and provided feedback on the plans.  We are now evaluating all your responses and feeding them into the design. Construction of the new plaza / playground will begin in September, after the school holidays.

Work now begins on the SHOPPORTUNITY scheme. SHOPPORTUNITY pairs local shop traders with artists to improve shop signs and windows.  Work begins in February 2013 and will continue into the summer.

The latest instalment of Wood Street Fanzine has also now been published by local artist Verity Jane- Keefe. This is a publication for the people who live, work and travel through Wood Street. The latest instalment looks at shops that were on the street in 1963 and the shops that are there now. 200 booklets will be distributed  to shops on Wood Street. Or a copy of the booklet can be found here

September 2012:

Round 2 of Outer London Fund continues with a successful summer of cultural events

Events were successfully held over the summer including an outdoor cinema, The Wood Street fiesta and Big Dance Bus. Works now continue and local businesses and artists have been selected for SHOPPORTUNITY. Further improvements are going to be made to the plaza/play area and consultation will begin in the coming weeks.

July 2012:

Outer London Fund round 2 update

Work continues on round 2 projects for the Outer London Fund. £1.5m has been secured for this stage of the project and will include:

  • Implementation of the Shop Front Improvements which secured planning in June this year
  • Shopportunity - the pairing up of artists and design professionals with local shops to provide new signage, merchandising, window displays etc.
  • Continued business support in the form of a business forum and training and marketing opportunities
  • Art interventions - including projections and treatments to the Woodside fences
  • Events - including the Wood Street Fiesta on 24-25 August and Big Dance bus on 11 August

Further information will be available on this page as the projects develop.

April 2012:

Design for London's Outer London Fund round 1 update

Round 1 of this funding scheme has now finished with several meetings of the Wood Street business forum, a screening of the Picture Palace silent film at the junction of Valentin Road and Wood Street, unveiling of the artwork on the hoardings next to Wood Street Library and submission of a planning application for shop front improvements.

Work continues in preparation for Round 2 of the funding which will see a continuation and implementation of further art interventions, Wayfinding and boundary treatments, shop front improvements, business support and events planned for summer 2012. Further details will be made available on this web page in due course.

February 2012:

Waltham Forest continues its improvement projects in Wood Street as part of the Outer London Fund

On 11 February 2012 the Indoor Market will be launching its new tenants, over 20 tenants including vintage clothing, up cycling, jewellery, art and craft practitioners, florist, film market and food. Come along to sample the entertainment and bag yourself a unique valentine gift!

In addition to the indoor market the Council is developing WOOD STREET INSIDE OUT is a programme of art projects again funded by the Outer London Fund. From January-March 2012, three simultaneous art projects will be developed with the artists Emily Tracy, Lizzy Hobbs, Vic Lee, Della Rees and local art collective Artillery.

January 2012:

Wood Street £1.5m success in Outer London Fund round 2

Waltham Forest has been successful in Round 2 of the Mayor's Outer London Fund for Wood Street. See Outer London Fund

£1.5m has been secured for the area to increase the vitality and viability for local businesses, residents and visitors. The projects will build on the success of Round 1 of the fund, with the delivery of shop front improvements, lighting and Art interventions, events and business support and improvements to the Station area and Woodside Primary School boundary. Further details will be available on this Website as the projects progress.

Exciting opportunities for Wood Street with the Mayor’s Outer London Fund

Last summer Waltham Forest Council was successful in securing funding from the Outer London Fund (Round 1), which is to be spent on various projects in Wood Street. This fund was provided by The Mayor of London to improve the look of high streets and encourage business opportunities to high streets in London and is specifically for the proposals that are outlined below. A further bid has now been submitted for the Outer London Fund Round 2 for Wood Street to build on the schemes being developed with the Round 1 funding.

This funding builds on the recent work undertaken in the Plaza last summer and planned for the length of Wood Street starting in 2012.

London Fund Round 1 proposals being implemented by March 2012:

  • Development of art schemes in Wood Street - working with artists and the community to develop a series of art opportunities in and around the Wood Street area
  • Business support - through advice and establishment of a Business Forum which will support businesses in the long-term
  • Feature and festive lighting schemes along Wood Street and in the Plaza
  • Temporary “Pop-up” events in vacant units
  • Planting and signage schemes
  • Address issues of graffiti

The design of a Shop Front Improvement Scheme for certain parades within Wood Street - implementation subject to success in Round 2 funding process.

How can you get involved?

The community planting day held on Monday 19 November was part funded by this programme, we are also engaging Woodside School and local businesses to progress these projects and we will continue to seek to involve the local community with activities and events planned for next year.

The festive lighting has also provided an opportunity to explore potential future lighting schemes in Wood Street.  We hope that parts of the new lighting installed in December will remain as permanent features and to explore this idea further we are extending the festive lighting period into January.

For more information on the Outer London Fund projects in Wood Street, or for details of future opportunities, activities and events relating to this programme please check this web page or email

Wood Street Area Action Plan

For information on the Wood Street Area Action plan see Area Action Plans