Fabricator takes factory fight to the High Court

The stainless steel catering fabricator at the centre of a land tussle with Tottenham Hotspur Football Club will have its case heard in the High Court next month.

Archway Steel Metal Works, which has made foodservice products at its North London factory for decades, is located on the last remaining piece of land that the club needs to kick-start its £100m stadium redevelopment project.

Archway’s owners have so far rejected offers to give up the land and will now have the opportunity to contest plans that would force the business to move.

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Spurs yesterday made a statement on the matter, saying: “Following the Secretary of State confirming the Compulsory Purchase Order in respect of the last remaining land to be acquired for the stadium site, the landowners, Archway Sheet Metal Works Ltd and the Josif Family exercised their right to seek to challenge the Secretary of State’s decision in the High Court.”

The case was due to be heard this week, but due to the fact that not all parties were ready to proceed, the court has adjourned the hearing until February 17 and 18.

Archway’s battle with Spurs and Haringey Council over attempts to move it from the Paxton Road site stretches back seven years.

It is understood that more than 70 other businesses in the vicinity of the stadium have relocated to make way for the plans, however Archway has so far resisted to move. Its factory is just metres from one side of the White Hart Lane ground.

Events took a new turn last month when Archway’s premises were set alight in an incident that the fabricator believes was linked to the dispute. It claims it has received threats from supporters over its refusal to sell up and allow the club to proceed with its redevelopment plans.

No arrests have yet been made in connection with the blaze.

A spokesman for Archway was this week quoted in the Haringey Independent as saying that staff have now moved back into the building after the fire and are continuing their work.

He said: “We’re just carrying on going about our business. It’s not perfect, it’s a bit of struggle but we’re going to manage and we’re not letting things get to us.”

The spokesperson said the company was not able to comment on ongoing legal proceedings.

Archway was founded by Mr Josif Sr. and made its name manufacturing catering equipment for the ethnic community in London. It built everything from kebab machines and display cabinets to commercial chip fryers.

From there it expanded into the general foodservice market and customers now range from fast food joints to high-end London restaurants.

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