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Feedback: New Communal Bins

line of communal Eurobins on Overbury Road in Harringay warehouse district

Feedback: New Communal Bins

Jon Hughes - Provewell

The changeover to communal bins on Overbury Road took place from 24 January 2022. Over the past 10 days we have been collecting initial reactions from residents.

A lot of people are really pleased with the change – from the improved look of the road to efforts to better manage fly tipping / bin diving. There were also questions and concerns raised.

We put your questions and observations to Jon Hughes, warehouse resident and part of the Provewell operations team. Jon was involved in the planning of the changeover and is now leading on making sure it runs effectively.

This is what he had to say…

Refuse collections on Wednesday
Recycling on Thursdays

“Veolia have said they are struggling with driver staff (C1 license) so pickups may be late.”

“The fly tipped sofa was from a warehouse unit and the council simply did not pick it up when arranged. I chased it up and it has been removed.”

“Haringey Council are going to be monitoring the area more regularly from now on. They will be using their mobile CCTV team and will be visiting the area.

If you see fly tipping or want to report it, you can upload pictures direct to the council”

Report fly tipping to Haringey Council

“The plan is to have allocated bins so that we can monitor whether the right allocation of bins have been given to each cluster of warehouse units.

If your bin is overflowing before collection days…please drop me a photo on email We can use these reports in the review with Haringey Council.”

“Haringey Council lock recycling bins to remove the opportunity of people dumping waste rubbish. We realise it will make the process of recycling a bit longer, but it does mean that the bins are less likely to become contaminated. When one bin is contaminated it means the whole truck load is put into landfill.

We are going to speak to Haringey Council and see whether any change can be made. I am also working with the Provewell Planning Team to see if the situation can be designed differently using the proposed Parklets and Bin Stories.”

“I am aware of this and have emailed the lease holder about this already.”

“Haringey Council have asked us to test the new system on Overbury Road before looking at bins across the wider warehouses. We have agreed to meet again in 3 months time to discuss.”

For all future bin-related questions please get in contact with: Jon Hughes (Provewell) 


New Communal Bins

New Communal Bins

Changeover to communal bins on Overbury Road

On Monday (24 January 2022), the Provewell Team oversaw the long-awaited changeover to communal bins on Overbury Road. One of the top problem areas reported to HWD comment, residents have been asking for the situation to be improved for some time. 

The new communal bin allocation has been seen as a significant improvement by many in the area. The team have received a lot of positive feedback about the transition, which will now see the bins collected weekly. 

Getting agreement for the changeover from Haringey Council and Veolia has taken several planning meetings and a coordinated approach. Ruth, from Campbell Cadey, has persistently driven this project on behalf of Provewell. Her determination to improve the situation was instrumental to this change being made.

The new communal structure has seen a reduction in the number of physical bins (the final count on Monday found there were 157 bins, many of which had been dumped). The new structure uses Eurobins giving residents extra capacity in a coordinated layout that avoids any bins being outside bedroom windows. Haringey Council and Veolia suspended all collections on Monday to make this transition happen. The council also provided two street cleans to remove all of the rubbish, and removed 18 shopping trolleys amongst other fly-tipped items and old tyres.

We would like to thank Richard Gilbert from Haringey Council’s Waste and Street Cleansing team, all of the staff from Veolia who helped on the day and the wider Provewell Team – Ruth, Jon, Alex and John – as well as James, Molly and Freddie who helped communicate the changeover. 

What happens next.

A lot of people have been asking what happens next for Overbury Road and whether similar waste management improvements can be achieved elsewhere for Provewell warehouses.

The move to Eurobins and weekly collections is permanent.

The long-term plan is to use a mix of extended pavement locations and on the road in parklets / bin stores. This will create better access on pavements, improve access to bins for collections. It will also allow space to include food waste bins along with planting and trees to make the street greener. 

A planning application will be submitted shortly, with proposed changes being tested and consulted on later in the year.

A wider rollout is being considered for all of Provewell’s warehouses. Haringey Council are keen to review the success of Overbury Road first, and the Provewell Team will be liaising with the council about expanding the scheme.

A full overview of this project and future plans is available to download here.

Your feedback matters.

What do you think about the new communal bin structure? How has it impacted on you? Was it well communicated? 

Your feedback will help shape how future schemes are developed in the area. Please add a comment. If you like the change please let us know, as well as any other observations.

The feedback period is now closed. Find out what questions / observations were made and how Provewell’s team responded here:

Feedback: New communal bins







If you have any problems during the transition or afterwards, your contact for the warehouse district is:
Jon Hughes (Provewell) 

Bin Collections Update

Bin Collection Update

Overbury Rd, Tewkesbury Rd & Catwalk Place

The plan agreed with Haringey Council is to move to communal bins for all residents on Overbury / Tewkesbury Rd and units in Catwalk Place. Much larger, lockable Eurobins will replace the current arrangement of wheelie bins and they’ll be collected more frequently.

The team were hoping that this change would happen in November. However, the timing has been delayed due to the council’s supplier not having sufficient bin stock to implement the change all at once. The planning team, along with Haringey Council, are trying to source alternative suppliers. In the interim, a weekly collection of existing wheelie bins has been agreed. It is expected that the change to Eurobins will now happen in January / February 2022.

Twice Weekly Collection from 1st December 2021

  1. All wheelie bins on Overbury Road will be collected on both Tuesdays and Saturdays from the 1st December.
  2. This is an interim measure until the change to Communal Eurobins is implemented in early 2022.
  3. The delay is due to a shortage of Eurobins.
  4. Any broken or disused wheelie bins will be removed by the council.
  5. Please do keep using the council’s Bulky Waste Collection service to dispose of large items.

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Resident’s Influence

Evolving Together

The improvements to Provewell's Warehouses is a joined up journey

During a consultation of this scale, it can sometimes be hard to keep track of all the changes. Aspects proposed by the planning team are open to review by warehouse residents, warehouse tenants and various other stakeholders from neighbouring properties to the Haringey Council.

Not every comment creates change – when comments are reviewed the planning team looks for patterns and themes. If there’s a lot of dislike or positive approval it tends to influence what happens next. When there’s a mix of objections, it comes down to balance between suggestions and support. 

What is constant, however, is that throughout the process the planning team are constantly reviewing how they involve residents and wider stakeholders in the area to ensure it is a joint journey. 

Points of Influence
Outlined below are key points of influence where comments by tenants have evolved the approach taken:

Following feedback online and via the Meet Ups, the original design was modified and two additional designs created to reflect different priorities expressed.

Some residents were unsure whether the Parklet idea would work in practice. Following feedback at the Meet Ups, the planning team agreed to add an additional consultation phase – with a three month trial / feedback period built into the planning application. No final designs / proposals will be produced until this trial is complete.

The original plan for Overbury Road included a large bike storage next to Catwalk Place gates. Feedback from residents was clear that a mass storage area would be a signal for bike theft. This aspect was removed entirely and other ideas are being explored.

There’s been lots of feedback from resident’s on this topic. However, one point in particular changed what happened. Following the first Meet Up and a resident walk-around, the planning team became aware of the intensity of the problem. The following week a one-off, private bin collection was organised for the whole street.

A post that is still live for comment on the website, asked resident’s what they would value most in the outdoor space, between the warehouse units. A number of the suggestions have been included in plans for the area.

At the Meet Up in July, the topic of security guards was discussed as a possible method for addressing problems in Tewkesbury Road. There was a strong objection to the idea and when this feedback was passed onto Provewell, the security guards that had been contracted were ended immediately.

Over the summer, a number of residents in Catwalk Place had increasing issues with noise from the courtyard. While the planners weren’t able to directly influence this situation, they did agree that any outdoor landscaping in the courtyard would not focus on additional socialising – instead it would focus on extending existing use of the space (green, growing, small group activity).

A lot of residents have shared comments about creating more green space for growing in the warehouse district. An Overbury Road resident also suggested recycling rainwater, an idea that has received a lot of support subsequently. This approach is being integrated into designs from Water Butts to Rainwater Planters.

Before the summer, a survey was run on the website asking people what they call the area. Despite earlier assumptions, there was no obvious singular phrase that people used. In fact, a lot of insight was gained from the comments – particularly around the importance of area names like ‘Catwalk Place’ and ‘Overbury Road’. This led the team to review initial plans and a new proposal is due out soon.

During the consultation phase on Overbury Yard studio and landscaping, residents of Stone House strongly objected to the positioning of a cut through pathway as it disturbed their garden area. The plans were quickly put on hold while talks with some residents in Stone House were held. A new proposal to re-work the positioning of the cut through pathway is being developed, this time not distributing any existing garden area.

The green that runs behind some of Overbury Road units received some attention over the summer from Haringey Council due to noise complaints. Instead of coming up with a design to improve the definition of what is warehouse outdoor area, a Co-Design Call Out was shared on the website for tenants to get involved with creating a design together. Designs will be shared in due course.

Following various comments at Meet Ups and online, an online survey was run on how residents found the steps that connect Tewkesbury Road to Seven Sisters Road. Covering all aspects from likes to dislikes and safety concerns, the survey produced a lot of interesting insight. The content from the survey is being presented to Haringey Council and a number of the suggestions are being included in a design proposal. 

As part of the bin switch to planned along Overbury Road initially, meetings various meetings are taking place to ensure the allocation is correct. The topic of communicating the change was discussed with residents at a recent Meet Up, agreeing the best approach together.

Extending Planning Consultation

Following discussions with residents in the warehouse district, two current planning applications have had the consultation phases extended by 21 days to allow more time to talk and clarify understanding of the plans.

What will happen during this extension

All residents can review the planning applications on the Haringey Council planning portal:

Eade Road Entrances

Overbury Road Studios

If you have any questions relating to either plan, please email and a member of the planning team will either reply with an answer to your question or set up a meeting to discuss further.

For example, the planning team are already talking to the residents of Unit C and will be meeting onsite to discuss the drawings in more detail. 

Evolving the Consultation Process

The planning team are also liaising with a group of residents who have raised concerns about the consultation process. This is about listening and reviewing to see where things can evolve to create a better involvement for all.

If you have comments or suggestions about how the consultation process evolves, please join the conversation and email






Developing Provewell Warehouses

Developing Provewell Warehouses

Why a co-ordinated approach was chosen

Since the late 1990’s Provewell has been developing the area. Over the years they have submitted a number of planning applications, most didn’t include additional community consultation.

While it might appear at times to have been organic, Provewell has always had an expectation of how they plan to improve the area – from securing the status of residential use for each warehouse unit to developing various aspects of the site.

In 2015, Haringey Council created a policy that legitimised warehouse living. This policy designation, however, came with several requirements and obligations concerned with issues including the balance of living and commercial land use on the site, delivering access improvements, improving the physical condition and layout of the sites, delivering enhanced building specifications and amenity standards, improving servicing, and parking and improving the management and operation of the area.

In order to fulfil the expectations and requirements attached to this policy Provewell took the decision to appoint a wider team of consultants to work through the various issues and to integrate the requirements into on overall framework to guide future investment. The team undertook an initial review of the area during 2018/19 – involving a steering group of tenants.

In 2020/21 the team was expanded further, and the second phase of the consultation was started (via To clarify, the role of HWD Comment is to collect feedback and present it to the planning team, it is also used to share new aspects and updates – James, as co-ordinator, is impartial to the wider planning process.

For all of these reasons, the planners have structured a co-ordinated approach – led by Provewell with the advice from the appointed planning team.

Warehouse Lease Holders, Residents and Tenants are a clear stakeholder group. Their opinions and observations are a key priority as the area develops. Provewell is committed to ensuring everyone can comment on various aspects – both in person and online – as well as sharing concerns and priorities in general. All comments are reviewed and where concerns are expressed a review of plans / changes are and will continue to be implemented.

It is hoped this clarifies the context and rationale behind the co-ordinated approach that has been taken for the development of the area.

Stakeholders Involved

There are several stakeholders in the development of the warehouse district. All will be involved at various stages of the planning process.

Provewell Ltd are the freehold owners of the several warehouse properties and associated land in Harringay Warehouse District. Since the late 1990’s they have been converting warehouse units into living spaces through significant investment and planning applications.

As the local authority, Haringey Council, are a key stakeholder. Overseeing various local policies from the Employment Zone to the Creative Enterprise Zone (both of which cover Harringay Warehouse District), the council also has responsibilities for Highways, Housing and Crime amongst other areas.

Governing how an area like Harringay Warehouse District is developed are a number of policies from Regional and National Government. The London Plan, for example, sets out a series of expectations around making London a greener city.

Most of Provewell’s warehouses are managed via Lease Holders. Each lease holder takes on the responsibility of managing a warehouse unit/s for a set period of time. Often Lease Holders have invested time and money in a unit/s for several years.

The people living in Provewell Warehouses are the beating heart of the area. As a collection of people living in the area, they make up a significant part of the wider Harringay Warehouse District community.

Over recent years a number of freelancers and small business owners have joined Provewell’s warehouses as tenants of work-only studio space. These tenants currently occupy either New River Studios or Eade Road Studios. This will grow over time with the introduction of more work-only studio space.

Neighbours living next to the warehouse district are also key stakeholder in the developments. In particular, residents on the Tiverton Road, Eade Road and Ashfield Road. As well as other warehouse living residents on Vale Road and Omega Works.

There are a range of business owners in Harringay Warehouse District and alongside – some of whom have been in the area long before most warehouse residents. As well as new businesses actively involved with the warehouse community like Milk Cafe and Bring Back the Love to name a few.

Overbury Road

Notice of Overbury Road Bin Change

Notice: Overbury Road Bins Are Changing

In June, HWD Comment consulted residents in and around Overbury Road on a proposed change to Eurobins. There was strong support for the change and the team have been pushing Haringey Council / Veolia to make the change. 

The council have now presented a proposal and will implement the change with two weeks notice, on a date yet to be agreed.

Before confirming, the planning team are keen to run through all the conditions attached and look at the allocation with residents. 

A representative/s from all Overbury Road units is invited to attend a 45 minute meeting on Tuesday 26 October, 6pm, at Eade Road Studios – please register a place below.

*We know the time isn’t great for everyone. We’re hoping at least one person from each warehouse will be able to come.*

Why Eurobins
Eurobins are more commonly used as commercial waste bins – they have an increased capacity more reflective of the waste volumes for multiple occupancy warehouse units. They also have the benefit of being lockable (via a key number code). Both waste and recycling bins will change to Eurobins. Food waste bins will be introduced later.

What are the Council Conditions

  1. Eurobins will be arranged into 5 x clusters along Overbury Road (allocation of which units use which cluster to be agreed with residents)
  2. No other bins type of bin can be put out for collection
  3. A bulky waste collection will be booked to clear all current fly tipping before the change over 

Other Changes from Haringey Council
Haringey Council have said they will also involve other departments as follows:

  1. Parking Enforcement will look at addressing the illegally parked vehicles on Tewkesbury Road
  2. Enforcement are considering using mobile CCTV camera to help identify/deter flytippers
  3. Highways will unblock the gulley at the corner of Tewkesbury / Overbury Road by adding it to the gully clearance programme
  4. Waste / Veolia will carry out a sweep of the road whereby all bulky items such as pallets, dumped furniture and white goods will be cleared *We are clarifying whether this includes resident planters / furniture* 

CALL OUT: Street Art / Lighting Designers

CALL OUT: Street Art / Lighting Designers

For the past month a survey has been live on HWD Comment about the steps that connect Tewkesbury Road to Seven Sisters, known by some as P… Alley. The results of the survey will be shared in the next monthly newsletter in October.

One of the themes to emerge is the request for better lighting and the preservation of the street art culture. As part of the design review, the team are looking for anyone with experience and interest in large scale murals and / or lighting installations. 

The team are exploring two opportunities:

  1. A large mural design on the side of the building overlooking the alley (towards the top of the steps)
  2. Integrating a light installation amongst the trees / green space on the other side of the concrete fence.

In the first instance, the team are keen to find current warehouse tenants who would be interested in working on either the mural and / or the light installation. Other safety elements will also be proposed based on this design review.

Deadline for expressions of interest 10 October 2021 (midnight).

Express your interest

The team are keen to find warehouse tenants to form part of the design team for this project. If you have skills in mural design and / or lighting installations please complete the short form below to express your interest.

Please note the following:

  • If commissioned you will be paid for your time and materials
  • You need to be available from October – December 2021 to work on this project
  • It is likely that Planning Permission will be required, therefore the work will be in two phases (design then installation)
  • You will need to work with the appointed landscape team Campbell Cadey
  • Completing the expression of interest form does not guarantee you will be commissioned 


All applicants will be updated in due course

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What Happens to Your Comments?

What Happens to Your Comments?

Every month your comments are compiled into a report that is shared with Provewell and the wider planning team. Every comment is included along with the notes from the monthly Meet Up and any questions that have been submitted. 

Any questions or concerns highlighted in the comments are considered by the planning team. Much of the content in the newsletters and the updates on the website are created from the planning team’s response to your comments.

More about the comments
Compiled on 31 August 2021

To date, the HWD comment consultation has recorded 81 comments and involved 43 people in discussions. Many people attending the Meet Ups are representing their warehouse unit; therefore, we estimate that the total reach is c.300 or 38% of the Provewell Warehouse population.

The comments shared are categorised into three areas. The following pie chart shows a breakdown of comments based on these categories:

Sharing Comments
We cannot publish all comments, as not everyone gives permission for their comments to be published. We therefore share a selection to demonstrate the variety of comments received. This keeps the picture balanced.

In the right hand column are examples of comments in each category. 


Overbury Road Parklets:
“This is a good idea and should make Overbury Road look much better. We do need better speed bumps though given there are a lot of people speeding down that road, which will still be a problem if it is one way or two way.”
Unit: Rather not say

2 Overbury Yard:
“I really like these plans. What is currently an unusable space for most people, this looks like it will provide essential outdoor space and work space for everyone in the area.”
Unit: Overbury Road


Overbury Road Parklets:
“Great idea but hope we avoid the cheap wood and tacky painting of the prototype.”
Unit: Stone House

2 Overbury Yard:
“Having the planters in the middle of the yard would severely disarm many of the uses a clear, smooth space like that could have for future events. Having the pockets of greenery is great, but more towards the edges – keeping a clear space for outdoor events that are often put on by residents.”

Unit: Tewkesbury Road


Overbury Road Parklets:
“I don’t like the idea of storing the bins where you’re sitting. The bins get very stinky, especially before collection day, and are unbearable if the collection is not done that week. Would be horrible sitting next to that!”
Unit: C, D & E

2 Overbury Yard:
“Please keep the lazy tasteless freight container trend out of here. Generic b******t..”
Unit: Cotton Mill


Update on 2 Overbury Yard

photo of an entrance into Overbury Yard

Updates on 2 Overbury Yard

First published in August 2021, the plans for 2 Overbury Road have received a varied response. Here is a summary of clarifications and comments that have been received.

The planning team are keen to hear any new comments.
 View proposal here: 2 Overbury Yard

Studio Space

16 x work only studio workshops, all with access to natural daylight. Toilet and kitchen facilities are included. Internally they’ll be fitted out.

Modified shipping containers are a fast solution to an immediate problem. See interview with Ruth for more details.

The current proposal takes a neutral approach utilising a standard pallet for shipping containers. The proposal has a ground and first floor, without distributing the right to light to Stone House.

Social + Events Space

The installation of benches, planters and trees to create a mix of seating areas for people to congregate.

A new surface area will be installed. To add vibrancy the current design proposal is to use a ground work design commissioned by local warehouse tenant Studio DoDo @studio.dodo

To make the space usable day and night, lighting will be installed. Illuminating the Yard will also make it less attractive to anti-social behaviour.

Plans for a new pathway providing a cut through from Overbury Road to Eade Road Studios / New River Studios are on hold for the time being.

Selection of Comments received

“This proposal is really exciting! I would love to know what ‘affordable’ would be as a entrepreneur I would like to have a space to rent locally. More information would be useful.”
Unit: Overbury Road

“How will it be guaranteed that this space will be used exclusively by local tenants? And how would ‘local’ be defined here? Who would the rent for these spaces be paid to?”
Unit: Overbury Road

“Great idea. Affordable and unusual spaces are great for artists. Short-term leases good too. Love the plan to utilise Just Another Car Park and turn it into something that will actually add value to the area. Would love it if the yard could be utilised for organised community events too.. markets, food fayres, acoustic music?”
Unit: Cotton Mill

“Please no tacky garish colours. Why not something subtle like stone studios in hackney Wick.”
Unit: Stone House

“More studio space and improving this area sounds great but why the identikit London Boxpark vibe? Can this not just be the creation of some simple studio units and let the (creative) people who let them contribute to later decoration or aesthetic? It can be a bit run down looking but that’s one of the actual assets of HWD – it doesn’t look like the generic, corporate Instagram aesthetic sold to you everywhere in London. What does affordable mean too? I can’t find actual prices.” 
Unit: Rather not say

“Although well intentioned, it is somewhat sad to see another development of a space into a (quote unquote) kooky shipping container park, one of seemingly dozens that have sprung up. In the proposed render, HWD could also stand for Hackney Wick Dockland, and be indistinguishable from a “kooky” Shoreditch container pop-up that if it were the case.”
Unit: Arena

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Interview with Ruth, Landscape designer from Campbell Cadey

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2 Overbury Yard

Interview with Ruth, Landscape designer from Campbell Cadey

In a nutshell, explain why shipping containers?
They’re a really quick option compared to a new build which would take at least a year and they make sense given the environmental priority for the area. 

What are their environmental credentials?
Upcycling an existing product puts the energy invested in their creation to a future use. It stops shipping containers piling up in warehouses and yards the world over – wasting away any future potential. A new build requires much more raw materials – brick, wood, metal, cement etc. A large proportion of this can be avoided if the bulk of the structure comes from upcycling. It means upcycled shipping containers have really low embodied carbon, compared to the alternatives.

What about working from a shipping container – how does it feel?
We’re working with Container City on this project and they’ve been converting shipping containers since 1998. The structural integrity of a shipping container is sound. You can cut in to create windows without affecting their strength (we’re proposing large front facing windows). They’re easy to fit out to a high standard. Insulation will be a priority – reducing environmental impact caused by heat loss.

Aren’t they a bit old hat, everyone seems to be doing them?
Green Architecture is a real priority and growing in popularity for obvious reasons. It’s no surprise that a lot of landscapers and architects are utilising their potential. They’re also a really fast method to an immediate problem. Provewell (the owner of much of the warehouse district) is clear that they want to create more affordable studio space. They’ve got lots of people in the district making things, working on creative projects that would benefit from more dedicated work space. Look at Eade Road Studios – it’s full already. Once planning is agreed these studios could be installed in a matter of days, not months, many months, that a new build would require – which increases noise pollution, traffic congestion etc.

So you’re not trying to drop in Box Park to the warehouse district?
Absolutely not. That wouldn’t work. Shipping containers aren’t that dissimilar to warehouse living. The purpose they were created for is very different to how they can be used. I’m sure every tenant who rents a studio will make their own mark, occupying and personalising its character – just like they’ve done with their units.

2 Overbury Yard
The yard located behind Unit 2 and Milk Cafe on Overbury Road has received little attention in general. Currently seen as a magnet for anti-social behaviour and a lot of abandoned cars, the yard is unwelcoming and under-utilsed.

The proposed design includes the use of upcycled shipping containers and landscaping with benches, planters and improved lighting to make the area usable for tenants and events.

View full proposal here:

Campbell Cadey
Landscape designers, Campbell Cadey, are collaborating on various proposed aspects for Harringay Warehouse District – including the recently published idea for 2 Overbury Yard. Ruth is joined by Andrew, Franca and  Guiseppe. Working at HWD for parts of the week, the team are located in Eade Road Studios and can often be seen around the area talking to tenants.

Find out more about the full team here:

Container City
Container City has been working with shipping containers since 1998. They work across the private and not-for-profit projects upcycling shipping containers to create classrooms, office space, sports halls, nurseries, community centres, artist studios, retail space, live / work space, sound recording studios and a General Practice.

Instagram @containercity