Hornsey Town Hall Restoration, London

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Hornsey Town Hall Restoration

Crouch End Building Refurbishment, London, for Far East Consortium design by Make Architects

1 June 2019

Hornsey Town Hall Renewal

4 May 2018

Hornsey Town Hall Building Restoration News

Design: Make Architects

Location: The Broadway, Crouch End, London N8 9JJ, England, UK

Hornsey Town Hall Building Restoration Approval


The restoration of the Grade II* Listed Hornsey Town Hall, the former civic headquarters in the heart of Crouch End, is set to go ahead following the completion of a development agreement between Far East Consortium and Haringey Council.

The restoration will deliver a range of community benefits including guaranteed access to the Town Hall and Town Hall Square, new jobs and a modern day, future proofed Arts Centre.

Undergoing meticulous restoration sympathetic to its history and significance within the community, the building will also be removed from Historic England’s ‘At Risk’ register, enabling Hornsey Town Hall to enter a new glorious period in its history.

Hornsey Town Hall London Building proposal
image courtesy of architects

Key benefits include:

• Over £30million investment into restoration and refurbishment of the building
• Of this, £20million invested to carry out essential repairs to the building
• 33% increase in utilisation of the Town Hall post completion
• £1million invested to improve the public realm
• Circa 279 full time jobs will be created which includes those who will be directly and in-directly employed within the Town Hall, compared to around 100 currently
• In addition, 37 jobs will be created at the hotel
• Guaranteed public access to a refurbished Town Hall Square
• A new space called Town Hall Gardens, which will be accessible to the public via the hall
• 146 new homes, including 11 social rented
• The building will be removed from Historic England’s ‘At Risk’ Register

Hornsey Town Hall Crouch End Building

Headed up by Piers Read, The Time + Space Co. will be the new operator of the Town Hall, creating a modern day, future proofed Arts Centre for Crouch End and its surrounding areas. The investment will restore the Town Hall to its original condition, creating spaces fit for purpose as a sustainable arts centre.

Running alongside the new homes, Time + Space Co will ensure the new Arts Centre is a creative hub, hosting world class performances and events, providing a centre in which people can work, socialise, relax and enjoy for many generations to come.

Piers, a Crouch Ender himself, is exploring partnerships with many other local arts organisations and has already secured a partnership with Musion, the world leading 3D holographic projection producer, who will base its HQ at the Hall.

Hornsey Town Hall Crouch End Building London

Time + Space Co. has pledged to protect, harness and grow the cluster of creative businesses based onsite, ensuring existing businesses and freelancers can be accommodated within the new Hornsey Town Hall development. This will be possible through agile workspaces, which are flexible and affordable. Groups who use this space for training or practicing activities will benefit from the improved offering too.

In line with the wider restoration of the building, the square will be rejuvenated to celebrate original features such as the iconic fountain and the period street lighting. The central green space is still home to the existing shady mature trees and lawn garden, while integrated seating will border the area and soft planting is set to bring bursts of colour.

Lining the square, cafés and restaurants will serve al fresco diners as seating spills outside, and local traders and stall owners set up shop on market day, creating a vibrant, inclusive space for generations to come. Hornsey Town Hall will remain an important part of the local community, hosting regular events, festivals and shows throughout the year.

John Connolly, Head of UK Development at Far East Consortium, commented: “We are delighted to be working on Hornsey Town Hall, and understand that the pioneering, Art Deco building, is more than just a Modernist monument. It also has a proud history and a building much-loved by the Crouch End community.

“As such we are honouring Hornsey Town Hall’s distinguished legacy and bringing it to new uses, creating a new destination in Crouch End. The restoration will blend culture, history, modern living and excellent amenities, giving the space the attention it deserves, allowing people to enjoy this much-loved London landmark for generations to come.”

Not only will Hornsey Town Hall undergo a physical transformation, but its place in local society will also be transformed.

Liz Sich, Chair of the Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust, commented: “It’s very good to know that Hornsey Town Hall has, at long last, a secure future. We have worked with Haringey Council for over a decade to try and ensure the much-needed restoration of this iconic building alongside the provision of an arts centre and guaranteed community access and use. We look forward to working with the FEC team, Time + Space, and MAKE Architects over the coming years and to the opening of a fully refurbished Town Hall.”

For more information please visit www.hornsey-townhall.co.uk

For further information about Far East Consortium, please contact 020 3370 6804 or visit: http://www.fecil.com.hk

12 Dec 2017

Hornsey Town Hall Building Renewal News

Design: Make Architects

Location: The Broadway, Crouch End, London N8 9JJ, England, UK

Hornsey Town Hall Building Restoration


Exciting plans to restore the Grade II* Listed Hornsey Town Hall and secure its future for generations to come have been approved by Haringey Council.

Leading development company, Far East Consortium (FEC) will undertake the multi-million pound restoration of the Town Hall, which will remove the landmark from Historic England’s ‘Heritage at Risk’ register and create a new destination in the heart of Crouch End.

Hornsey Town Hall Restoration

When restored, Hornsey Town Hall will feature a wide range of community spaces incorporating a new arts centre, café, flexible community and events spaces and a high quality hotel. The development will also include new 146 homes, providing studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments, 11 of which will be affordable.

FEC will also create a newly landscaped Town Hall Square and a new public space named Town Hall Gardens. The arts centre will be operated by Haringey-based Time + Space Co, who will create a modern day, future-proofed arts centre for Crouch End and its surrounding areas.

FEC will invest more than £30 million in the restoration and refurbishment of the Grade II* Listed Hornsey Town Hall and Grade II Listed Broadway Annexe – including more than £20million in essential repair and heritage works to preserve historic parts of the Town Hall including the council chamber.

Planning approval follows years of community engagement, including through the Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust, and months of discussions between the Haringey Council and Far East Consortium to deliver the best possible scheme for the site.

Welcoming the news, John Connolly, Head of UK Development at Far East Consortium, said: “The team has worked tirelessly over the course of the year and have sought to reflect the views and interests of local people whilst at the same time ensuring our proposals are realistic and deliverable, which will secure the future of this iconic building in the heart of Crouch End.

“The planning consent is welcome news and I’d like to thank everyone who has worked with us including Haringey Council elected members, officers and local community groups. The appointment of Crouch Ender Piers Read (Time + Space Co) as arts operator will activate the Town Hall and secure its future for generations to come.”

Cllr Alan Strickland, Haringey Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Regeneration and Planning, said: “We’ve said from the start that we want to see a sustainable scheme that restores and safeguards the architectural heritage of the Town Hall, offers local people access to this much-loved landmark and delivers long-term arts and culture for Crouch Enders and Londoners to enjoy. I’m delighted that we have approved a scheme that will do all that, while also bringing new social rented homes to the heart of Crouch End.

“Securing the right future for Hornsey Town Hall has been a long process, and I’m grateful to local residents, to the Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust and to FEC for their ongoing commitment to the building. I look forward to seeing the plans take shape.”

The development will launch in 2018 and is expected to complete in 2020.

For further information about Hornsey Town Hall please visit: http://www.restoringhornseytownhall.com/

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5 Apr 2017

Hornsey Town Hall Building Restoration

Design: Make Architects

Location: The Broadway, Crouch End, London N8 9JJ

Hornsey Town Hall Building Renewal


Far East Consortium International Ltd (FEC) has appointed Make as architect for its latest project, Hornsey Town Hall, Crouch End. The award-winning architectural firm brings a wealth of expertise working on various heritage buildings across London and internationally.

Working alongside Coplan Estates, FEC will undertake the restoration of the former Haringey Council offices, ensuring its removal from the risk register and securing its future for generations to come.

John Connolly, Head of UK development at FEC, commented: “Hornsey Town Hall is a landmark building which is steeped in history, and we are dedicated to maintaining the buildings heritage whilst also creating a new hub for the whole community to enjoy. We are delighted to be working with the experienced team at Make Architects, who will work closely with us to ensure that the Town Hall is restored to its former glory.”

Hornsey Town Hall Restoration

Katy Ghahremani, Make Architects, said: “We are really looking forward to getting started on this fantastic project. We have had the privilege of working on some incredible heritage projects over the last few years, including considerable work for Harrods, the LSQ London offices in Leicester Square and The Montpellier Chapter Hotel in Cheltenham. Hornsey Town Hall is a superb asset to the community, and we are really excited by the opportunity it presents.”

Hornsey Town Hall Restoration

When complete, Hornsey Town Hall will incorporate a new arts centre with community access, restaurants, cafés, a boutique hotel, new housing and landscaping. The Town Square and public realm will also be regenerated to incorporate parkland, seating and market stalls run by local businesses.

The historic elements of the building will be restored, and many will be available for community use such as the assembly hall, foyer, council chamber, supper room and committee rooms. Other parts of the building will be incorporated into a new boutique hotel with associated F&B.

A new residential building, situated to the rear of Hornsey Town Hall, will provide stylish new apartments, delivering much-needed housing to the local area.

Hornsey Town Hall Restoration

Hornsey Town Hall is steeped in history. Designed in the modernist style by award-winning architect Reginald Uren, the building was completed in 1935. The building operated as council offices until 1966, when most of the council’s administrative services were moved to Wood Green. The building then fell into disrepair and recently has been used as an arts centre for the local community.

Hornsey Town Hall Restoration

The multi-million pound restoration of the historic Grade II*-listed building is set to commence in 2018, with a sales launch for the new residential properties scheduled for autumn 2017.


7 Aug 2013

Refurbishment of Hornsey Town Hall

Design: Purcell

Location: The Broadway, Crouch End, London N8 9JJ


Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts has announced today the appointment of RIBA award-winning architects Purcell to lead the design team for the redevelopment of the iconic Hornsey Town Hall in Crouch End. Today’s good news follows on from successfully securing initial support, including a development grant of £482,000, from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) last year.

Hornsey Town Hall Crouch End Building
image : Purcell

Purcell has over six decades of experience, with an excellent record working on comparable heritage and arts projects, notably St Paul’s Cathedral, the National Maritime Museum and Theatre Royal Haymarket. Their work on the Florence Institute in Liverpool was awarded the RIBA Northwest Conservation Award and the Construction Heritage Award this year.

This appointment comes as the result of a Europe-wide tender process (OJEU) ensuring best practice in the recruitment of design teams for major projects. The selection panel included representatives of Mountview’s Board and Haringey Council.

Mountview’s Chairman, Vikki Heywood CBE, commented “we are absolutely delighted to be working with Purcell whose experience of the restoration and redevelopment of heritage buildings is first class. They bring with them a talented and experienced design team including Theatreplan who will work closely with us to design bespoke theatre spaces for student and other performance work. This appointment marks a huge step forward for our planned move to Hornsey Town Hall.”

The design team will be led by Mark Hammond, a Partner at Purcell, and includes Associate Architect Liz Smith who is a Crouch End resident. Also part of the team are structural engineers Ramboll, The Landscape Partnership and access consultant Access=Design.

Mark Hammond said “this landmark building demands a use that reconnects it with the life of Crouch End and Mountview will provide this. We are thrilled to be selected to deliver this project.” Liz Smith added “as a local resident of Crouch End I’ve admired this wonderful building for years and so am delighted to now be able to play my part in this exciting project to breathe new life into it.”

The appointment of Purcell is a key moment in this transformational project to refurbish a distinguished Grade II* listed building as a new home for Mountview and bring it back to life for arts, cultural and educational use.

Hornsey Town Hall Restoration image / information from Purcell


Background Information on this Crouch end building:

Hornsey Town Hall
Design: Bennetts Associates
Mountview Academy Theatre Arts Crouch End
image : Bennetts Associates
Statement from Bennetts Associates in response to the announcement, 7 Aug 2013:
“Bennetts Associates and the rest of the design team put a lot of work into this project over four years and it appears that we’ve lost out at the next stage on the basis of fee bids, not quality. Although we are obviously disappointed to lose a really interesting project like this, we are determined not to compromise the level of service that we believe is necessary and appropriate.”

Hornsey Town Hall Crouch End
Design: John McAslan + Partners
Hornsey Town Hall Building Proposal
image : John McAslan + Partners

Location: The Broadway, Crouch End, London N8 9JJ, England, UK

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