Page High is a hidden jewel of post-war London social housing, a 92-home rooftop village in Wood Green. High above the hue and cry of the High Road, Page High (Good Design in Housing award, 1976) is a model for social housing today.
Tenants' Association-led tour at 2pm, 4pm (Max 12 per tour)
Dry Halasz Dixon Partnership,
History and Overview
A Social Housing Rooftop Village of 92 Flats in North London
Page High was built in the mid-70s.
There are plenty of rooftop developments, usually above shops. The rooftops often consist of cafes, bars and sometimes gardens.
But Page High is a permanent residential development, and that makes it different.
If you know Wood Green, we’re on Lymington Avenue and directly opposite Lidl. We’re on top of Matalan (the unit that used to be occupied by Sainsbury)—or rather, we’re on top of the carpark (Bury Road) that is on top of Matalan.
We’re high up, about six or seven stories. But the estate of 92 flats feels like it’s on the ground. There’s a wide pathway, a street in sky, between the two rows of low-rise buildings that make up most of Page High. Flats consist of one and two room apartments.
Flats have front and back balconies, and 'ground' floor flats have front gardens. On one side of the estate, residents have a view over to Alexandra Palace. On the other side, the view is over to Noel Park and Tottenham (the Spurs stadium is visible, clearly so when it’s lit up for evening matches).
The estate is managed by Sanctuary Housing Association.
Many people at Page High have lived on the estate for decades. Their children have grown up here. They have deep ties to the local area. As residents, we’re pleased to be living in historic social housing.
A Tenants' Association was set up in 2017 to improve repairs and maintenance, and to campaign for the preservation of the estate, under threat of demolition from Haringey council's Wood Green Area Action Plan.