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Update - 15 February 2017
The multi-million pound renovation of Hornsey Town Hall and square – including a new arts and community centre and careful restoration of the historic Grade II* listed building – has been guaranteed.
Haringey Council’s agreement with developers FEC, which has now been signed, secures the future of the iconic landmark in the heart of Crouch End, with:
- A new arts centre, with community access and café/restaurants
- Complete restoration of the ageing building, removing it from the national Buildings at Risk register and improving it for modern use
- Improvements to the Town Hall Square, with continued public use
- A boutique hotel
- New housing and landscaping
FEC (Far East Consortium International Ltd) are working alongside developer CoPlan to develop detailed designs for the Town Hall, and will appoint a specialist arts centre operator to ensure the building remains a vibrant creative hub.
The agreement between the council and FEC guarantees continued public access to, and use of, many parts of the building including historically significant spaces such as the assembly hall, foyer, council chamber, supper room and committee rooms.
FEC will take forward the ongoing discussion with local groups about community provision and have committed to setting up a steering group, including representatives from community organisations, once the building has re-opened.
Restoration is expected to start in early 2018 and follows a decade of joint working between Haringey Council and the residents’ led Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust (HTHCT) to secure use of the building and square, and revitalise this part of Haringey.
Cllr Alan Strickland, Haringey Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Regeneration and Planning, said:
“The significance of this agreement can’t be understated – it guarantees Hornsey Town Hall for future generations to enjoy, with millions of pounds of investment and complete renovation of one of north London’s best-loved landmarks.
“We know how much Hornsey Town Hall means to local people. We share their passion, and I’m delighted that this contract means we can restore and future-proof the building, safeguard Hornsey Town Hall Square and ensure residents can continue to enjoy top quality arts and community events in the heart of Crouch End.”
John Connolly, Head of Development at FEC, said:
“We’re really pleased to have signed an agreement with Haringey Council to deliver the complete refurbishment of this iconic Grade II* listed building.
“Our ambitious vision is for a restored Town Hall complete with a new arts centre, improved public square and a new café/restaurant to offer residents new community space.
“We’re looking forward to working with local residents, community groups and businesses to ensure that together we can deliver a scheme to make Crouch End proud. We look forward to announcing further details of our programme of community engagement.”
Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust said:
“The sensitive restoration and refurbishment of this much-loved, iconic and nationally significant architectural gem – while ensuring as much public access and use as possible – has been the raison d’être of the HTHCT throughout its 10-year existence.
“It is very exciting to have, at last, reached a stage here the funds will now be available to take the project forward. The Trust’s commitment to ensuring a very high quality refurbishment and surrounding development, together with an exciting mix of community and arts uses, remains unwavering.”
15 November 2016
Haringey secures major restoration of Hornsey Town Hall
Hornsey Town Hall is set to be completely refurbished following a decision confirmed by Haringey’s cabinet (15 November 2016). The refurbishment is expected to see about £27 million spent directly on protecting, restoring and enhancing the ageing Grade II* listed heritage building. The scheme also secures a long term future for the building, which will include:
- new arts centre
- upgraded public square
- café / restaurant
- boutique hotel
- new homes
Haringey’s cabinet approved a recommendation on 18 October 2016 for a preferred bidder to restore Hornsey Town Hall. On 8 November 2016 the Overview and Scrutiny Committee discussed a ‘call in’ and referred the matter back to Haringey’s cabinet with a series of recommendations. At the Cabinet and Overview and Scrutiny meetings, detailed discussions took place which scrutinised the proposals to refurbish Hornsey Town Hall and secure public access to the building and square.
Haringey Council will enter into a development contract with a UK based company formed by Far East Consortium International Ltd (FEC). They will take a long lease of the site and complete the regeneration of the dilapidated town hall, the square at the front of the building, the adjacent Broadway Annexe building, Mews area and the derelict land to the rear of the town hall. The new housing will be mostly concentrated on land to the rear of the town hall and will provide the much needed investment into the town hall.
FEC have partnered with Coplan Estates and will appoint a specialist arts centre operator to run community spaces within the town hall. Discussions about this important role are currently taking place with ANA Arts Projects Ltd who operate the interim Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre.
The refurbishment will see key heritage spaces inside the town hall including the Assembly Hall, Council Chamber and Committee Room being restored, refurbished and used by the community. The public square outside Hornsey Town Hall will be improved and retained for public use.
Alan Strickland, Haringey Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Housing and Planning said:
"I’m delighted that after more than ten years of work, we have secured a clear plan to bring the town hall back to life and save it for future generations. This £27million investment will bring an exciting mix of an arts centre, new homes, a hotel and restaurants, alongside a revamped square. The confirmation of this decision by Cabinet means that Hornsey Town Hall will finally get the investment it needs to take it off Historic England’s Heritage at Risk register"
FEC and CoPlan Estates are developing an Engagement Plan to keep stakeholders updated with their progress and obtain input at relevant times throughout the design and construction process. They will set up a community steering group, which will include representation from local groups and Ward Councillors and be tasked with meeting regularly to review the progress of the community uses within the town hall and on the square.
- The recommendation for the preferred bidder was approved by Haringey’s cabinet on 18 October 2016 following a long rigorous public procurement process to secure a partner to refurbish and operate the town hall.
- This decision confirms Cabinet’s approval of the preferred bidder, following a meeting of Haringey’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee, which referred the matter back to Cabinet on November 8th with a series of recommendations to consider.
- The Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust helped evaluate community use questions of the proposals received through the public procurement process and have worked with Haringey to ensure community use is included in the final scheme and built into legal agreements.
18 October 2016
£27 million Hornsey Town Hall investment proposal agreed
A proposal which aims to secure a £27 million investment to completely restore the iconic Hornsey Town Hall and deliver a new community arts centre, improved town hall square, new café / restaurant and a boutique hotel has been agreed by Haringey’s cabinet tonight (18 October 2016). The hotel element of the scheme will help to cover the extensive running costs associated with the town hall and will guarantee the future of Hornsey Town Hall.
Haringey’s cabinet approved a recommendation for the council to enter into a development contract with a UK based company formed by Far East Consortium International Ltd (FEC), which will see a long lease granted following the successful restoration and refurbishment of the historic, art deco building and town hall square. FEC are working with Coplan Estates and will appoint a specialist arts centre operator and are in discussions with ANA Arts Projects, who currently operate and manage the interim Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre.
The £27 million refurbishment plan will:
- deliver a new community arts centre and café / restaurant
- completely restore and repair the ageing building so it is removed from the Buildings At Risk register
- make improvements to the public realm, including better public access to the town hall square
- deliver a boutique hotel in part of the building.
The complete refurbishment of the Grade II* listed Hornsey Town Hall will be funded by new housing on the site.
FEC and Coplan Estates will set up a steering group when the refurbished town hall building opens, which will include local residents and community groups. FEC and Coplan Estates will be actively engaging with the local community on the refurbishment plan of the Town Hall.
Alan Strickland, Haringey Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Housing and Planning said:
“This solution for Hornsey Town Hall guarantees public access to the building for future generations, following a £27million complete refurbishment of the Grade II* listed building. The new Hornsey Town Hall will have a new arts centre, improved square and a new café / restaurant to give residents new community space in the heart of Crouch End. We have listened to the local community and acted on their concerns, setting strict requirements for public access to the town hall and square which will be written into legal agreements.”
John Connolly, Head of Development from FEC said:
“We are very excited about being given the opportunity to create a new landmark and for the local people to be proud of in Crouch End. The Town Hall building is unique and our proposal to restore the building will ensure it remains one of most iconic buildings in London. Providing a long term feasible scheme has been a huge problem over the years but these plans are sustainable and provide a community use. We are committed in delivering a scheme which will make the local residents proud and enjoy for generations to come.”
Liz Sich, Chair of Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust, commented:
“Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust has worked to secure long-term community access to and use of Hornsey Town Hall for well over a decade. We welcome this much-needed investment in the Town Hall and Square. We do recognise that there is still a lot of work to be done to ensure that the promises of the preferred bidder are kept, that the restoration of the Town Hall, the Square and the development of surrounding site is as good as it possibly can be, and that formal mechanisms are put in place as soon as possible to ensure proper community representation in the future of Hornsey Town Hall.”
The refurbishment of the Grade II* listed Hornsey Town Hall will be funded by new housing which is concentrated in the land to the rear of the town hall, part of the back wing of the building, the Broadway Annex building and the Mews development to the rear of the Broadway Annex.
13 October 2016
Hornsey Town Hall letter in the Ham and High
Letter published in the Ham and High newspaper on Thursday 13 October 2016
While Hornsey Town Hall is much loved, this ageing Grade II* listed building is on English Heritage’s ‘Heritage at Risk’ register and in need of at least £10 million of refurbishment.
We have worked hard to find a long term solution which provides the investment we need while guaranteeing public access.
For four years we worked with Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts to transform the town hall into their new home. Unfortunately they were forced to pull out because of funding problems in 2015.
Since then we have worked decisively to commence a bidding process to find a new partner.
This was a rigorous process with strict requirements to guarantee community access to the town hall and square.
The proposal that scored the highest was an exciting scheme with a new arts centre, a cafe and restaurant and community access to the town hall and square. A boutique hotel and housing will provide the income to pay for a major refurbishment of the town hall.
I am very grateful to Crouch End residents from the Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust for being involved in assessing the bids. They assessed the community aspects of the bids and worked with us to ensure public access to the town hall will be written into legal agreements.
If the new scheme is agreed, the developer will set up a steering group for local residents to ensure they are involved in the development of the arts centre and the square.
Finding a long term solution to Hornsey Town Hall has not been easy. But I am glad after years of work we are close to securing the future of this historic building and guaranteeing residents access to the town hall and square for generations to come.
Haringey Council Cabinet Member for Housing, Regeneration and Planning
12 October 2016
New arts centre proposed at heart of Hornsey Town Hall plan
A proposal for a new arts centre, improvements to Hornsey Town Hall square to allow better public access and a new café / restaurant has been set out in a report to Haringey Council’s Cabinet published today which, if approved could see millions of pounds invested in the building. Haringey’s Cabinet will decide on October 18 2016 whether a consortium led by Far East Consortium International Ltd (FEC) with its subsidiary Dorsett Hospitality and also CoPlan Estates Ltd, should be the preferred bidder to invest millions of pounds to restore the historic, art deco building.
The following uses for the Town Hall building are a proposed:
- New arts centre
- Improvements to Hornsey Town Hall square to allow better public access
- New café / restaurant
As part of the proposals, and to help pay for the multi-million pound restoration and ongoing maintenance, a small hotel would occupy part of the building which is not in public use, while a number of homes would be built on the east side.
The Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust helped evaluate bids and have worked with Haringey to ensure community use is included in the final scheme and built into legal agreements.
If the new scheme is agreed the developer will set up a steering group for local residents to ensure they are involved in the refurbishment of the town hall. The recommended bidder has committed to creating a Community Hub as soon as possible to provide staff at the Town Hall to answer questions from residents and to discuss more detailed proposals with the community.
Cllr Alan Strickland, Haringey Council Cabinet Member for Housing, Regeneration and Planning said:
“Finding a long term solution for our iconic and much loved Hornsey Town Hall has not been easy. But I am glad that after years of detailed work we are close to securing the future of this historic building and guaranteeing residents access to the Town Hall and square for generations to come. This proposal will secure the future of Hornsey Town Hall with an arts centre and public access so future generations will continue to enjoy one of Haringey’s most historic and loved buildings.”
Haringey Council’s cabinet will decide on 18 October 2016 whether a consortium led by Far East Consortium International Ltd (FEC) with its subsidiary Dorsett Hospitality and also CoPlan Estates Ltd, should be the preferred bidder to invest millions of pounds to restore the historic, art deco building on 18 October. The cabinet paper is available online.
Resident involvement in Hornsey Town Hall: The cabinet report says: ‘If Cabinet approve the report, the recommended bidder has committed to creating a Community Hub as soon as possible to provide staff at the Town Hall to answer questions from residents and to discuss more detailed proposals with the community as they emerge. The bidder has also committed to setting up a Community Steering Group to involve residents in overseeing community use and access for the Town Hall and Town Hall Square, which is very welcome’.
More on the link above.
Since 2011 Haringey worked with Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts to transform the Town Hall into their new home but they were forced to pull out because of funding problems in 2015. Following Mountview’s withdrawal Haringey commenced a bidding process to find a new partner. This was a rigorous process with strict rules to guarantee community access to the town hall and square. See the Hornsey Town Hall FAQs page for more information.
30 September 2016
Bright future for Hornsey Town Hall
The future of Hornsey Town Hall, Crouch End's iconic Grade II* listed building looks set to be secured for future generations under new proposals outlined today (Friday 30th September 2016). In October Haringey Council’s cabinet will decide whether a consortium led by Far East Consortium International Ltd (FEC) with its subsidiary Dorsett Hospitality and also CoPlan Estates Ltd, should be the preferred bidder to invest millions of pounds to restore the historic, art deco building.
FEC will be recommended to Haringey’s cabinet following a rigorous selection process that saw would-be developers obliged to meet strict requirements to ensure community access to the building and to guarantee public access to the town hall square at all times. These requirements will be written into legal agreements with the preferred bidder. The consortium will commit to improving and maintaining the Town Hall Square, and has already been in discussions with ANA Arts Project Ltd looking at how a sustainable arts centre proposal can be developed for the site.
FEC has proposed a scheme combining community space in the historically significant parts of the Town Hall, a boutique hotel in the east and west wings of the building and cafe/restaurants at ground floor levels. These uses along with new homes mostly concentrated on the land at the rear of the Town Hall, will guarantee Hornsey Town Hall’s future.
If Haringey’s Cabinet gives approval, FEC and CoPlan will start working up more detailed plans for the building and start detailed discussions about the community space and arts provision. Haringey Council will work with FEC and CoPlan to agree ways for local residents to be engaged in this work as it develops. Work on site could start as early as autumn 2017 and follows a decade of joint working between Haringey and the Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust (HTHCT), which is run by Crouch End residents.
Alan Strickland, Haringey’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Regeneration and Planning said:
"Hornsey Town Hall plays a very special role in the heart of Crouch End's community and we are committed to securing its future for generations to come. We have worked with the Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust to assess community aspects of the bids from developers to get the best deal for local residents. The preferred bidder being recommended to cabinet includes clear commitments to using some of the important historical parts of the Town Hall, including the Assembly Hall, for community use. This includes proposals for community arts activities, true to the wishes of local residents for creative uses to be part of the building’s future.”
- More information about the future of Hornsey Town Hall is available on the Hornsey Town Hall FAQs page.
- In November 2015 Haringey invited bids from developers to restore Hornsey Town Hall and provide a long term sustainable future for the building and wider site. We set strict requirements for every bid to remove the building from the ‘Buildings at Risk’ register and allow community access to the building and keep the square publicly accessible at all times. These strict rules will be written into legal agreements with the successful bidder.
- Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust (HTHCT) was set up in 2007 to promote the generation of Hornsey Town Hall and to ensure continuing access and use. The Trust grew out of the Community Partnership Board and, before that, an Advisory Panel which was established to find a long-term, sustainable future for the building which met community aspirations. Its members are all local residents and two Crouch End ward councillors are also trustees: www.hornsey-town-hall-org.uk
- Throughout 2016 Haringey Council officers and representatives of the Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust have been in dialogue with bidders over the community aspects of their proposals, with final bids submitted in July 2016.
- The details of the community based activities in the town hall are still being developed, however it is the intention that these will mostly be concentrated in, but not limited to, the more historically significant parts of the building, including the assembly hall, committee room and council chamber.
28 July 2016
Final bids made to restore Hornsey Town Hall
An important step in securing the future of Hornsey Town Hall has been taken after Haringey Council accepted the final bids for a programme that will secure a long-term and sustainable future for the historic building.
Haringey Council will assess all bids before making a final recommendation to its Cabinet by the end of this year. The bidders are being assessed on strict criteria including community use, business plan and planning strategy.
Haringey Council has been working with a charity run by local residents, the Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust, to ensure bidders incorporate community access as a key component of their final proposal, which will include continued public access to the town hall square. Members of the Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust have been involved in the process to date and will now be involved in the evaluation of the final bids which will lead to the Council appointing the final partner.
Cllr Alan Strickland, Haringey Council Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration said:
“Today marks an important step in our work to protect Hornsey Town Hall and fulfil our guarantee that the square will remain a beautiful green space open to the public. We will carefully assess the bids over the coming months and make a final recommendation to Cabinet later in the year.
‘I want to reiterate that we will not allow any housing or large-scale development on the green and we’ve made it a fundamental guarantee that all bids must allow community access to the iconic building, keep the square publicly accessible and support the local economy.”
Following Cabinet approval in June 2015 the Council set up an Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) compliant Competitive Dialogue procurement process to secure a long term sustainable future for Hornsey Town Hall. Dialogue with bidders has been taking place since early 2016 and final bids were received on Friday 22 July 2016.
Haringey Council will retain the freehold ownership of the Grade II* listed building including the square.
27 January 2016
Innovative ideas for Hornsey Town Hall’s future
Hornsey Town Hall’s future has taken further strides forward, with six bidders shortlisted to present innovative ideas for securing the landmark building for generations to come.
The bidders were selected from a host of interested groups, who were each asked to complete a detailed "pre-qualification questionnaire" highlighting their experience of delivering projects with community benefits.
Responses were thoroughly evaluated by the council, the Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust and property experts GVA. Only bids that included a clear commitment to community access to the much-loved Grade II* listed building were considered.
The six shortlisted bidders and now taking part in a detailed solutions stage, where they will have to develop more in-depth bids before a final preferred bidder is chosen.
Bidders will have to show how their plans for the landmark building will:
- Safeguard the Town Hall and preserve its heritage
- Support the local economy
- Be commercially sound
- Have a strong community focus
The short-listing announcement comes in the same week as it was confirmed that ANA, who have been running the successful Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre from the building for the past year, will continue to oversee interim activities and events at the venue.
The new lease offered by the council to ANA will run for at least a year and also allow for activities to continue for longer while the long-term future of the building is secured.
A packed first year of residency by the arts organisation has seen events and activities ranging from silent discos and stand-up comedy to dance classes and art exhibitions. ANA will maintain responsibility for all events, activities and bookings throughout this year.
Cllr Alan Strickland, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said:
"We’re delighted to be celebrating so much good news for Hornsey Town Hall this week.
"The level of interest and the very high quality of early operator bids underline what a tremendous opportunity Hornsey Town Hall is – and how much desire there is to see this fantastic building restored and brought back into use for future generations.
"Our commitment to finding a long-term option for Hornsey Town Hall – one that respects its unique heritage and secures its future – remains.
"We’ve been really impressed by the very high quality of responses and look forward to seeing the shortlisted plans take shape during the coming months."
"We know how much local people have enjoyed being able to enjoy Hornsey Town Hall the building while we work to secure its future, and it’s fantastic news that ANA will continue to deliver such a varied and exciting range of interim activities that have helped place the building back at the heart of the community."
16 November 2015
Inspiration and innovation – bids being sought for Hornsey Town Hall
Imaginative ideas that will help secure Hornsey Town Hall’s future for generations to come are being invited by Haringey Council.
A developer is being sought to restore the iconic Grade II* listed building in the heart of Crouch End, and to develop the surrounding land.
The council has today (Monday 16 November) published an OJEU notice – an official invitation for bids.
Bidders will be expected to demonstrate how they can meet the objectives of restoring the Town Hall, developing the surrounding site and securing a sustainable future for the landmark – including with community access.
Hornsey Town Hall is one of north London’s best-loved buildings, with a proud civic and cultural history and beautiful art deco features that have seen it play a starring role in hugely popular modern entertainment such as BBC series The Hour and Whitechapel.
The former civic home of the old Hornsey Borough Council and more recently council offices and cultural and arts space, the building is in a state of significant disrepair and needs around £10million investment to make it fit for the future.
Haringey Council, working alongside community and buildings preservation charity the Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust, has been seeking the best option for the Town Hall for a number of years – one that will respect its Grade II* listed heritage, offer community access and secure its future.
Cllr Alan Strickland, Haringey Council Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration, said:
“We’re committed to finding the right future for Hornsey Town Hall – one that will bring the significant investment and careful restoration needed to ensure that future generations can continue to enjoy this much-loved building.
“Far from simply ‘selling to the highest bidder’ we want to see innovative, imaginative and viable bids that offer an exciting future for the Town Hall.
“All bidders will be assessed against a set of clear criteria, including community access. Any bids that fail to meet these criteria will not be successful.”
August 2015 - "Community value" status for Hornsey Town Hall
Hornsey Town Hall and Square has been designated an asset of community value (ACV) in recognition of its cultural significance to Crouch End and Haringey.
Haringey Council confirmed the ACV designation following a community nomination from members of the Crouch End Community Arts Festival.
The status is formal recognition of the community value both of the much-loved Grade II* listed Town Hall and the public square and green in front of it – and underlines the council’s ongoing commitment to preserving the landmark for future generations to enjoy.
Cllr Alan Strickland, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said:
“We welcomed the asset of community value nomination and I’m pleased that we’ve been able to give Hornsey Town Hall and Square this official recognition.
“We share local people’s enthusiasm for the Town Hall, which is why we’re committed to finding the best possible long term future for it – one that will respect and protect its Grade II* listed architectural heritage, offer community access and secure its future.”
Work to find a sustainable future operating model for the Town Hall is continuing as planned. The Town Hall site will go to the open market later this year, with the council hoping to secure a long-term lease arrangement with a partner that will take forward refurbishment works to the listed building as well as redevelopment of the remaining land on the site.
The council will welcome bids to restore, lease and run the Town Hall, together with development of the remaining site, from any interested party – including community groups – that can demonstrate how they will offer community access while securing a lasting future for the building. Strict bidding criteria will mean that any proposals that fail to demonstrate community access will not be considered.
ACV designation means that if the site was put up for sale, there would be an initial pause of any sale for six weeks to allow any community group to make a written request to be treated as a potential bidder.
If a community group was to come forward as a potential bidder during the six-week pause, a further moratorium of six months would be triggered, during which time the asset could not be disposed of unless to a community interest group. Following the six-month period, the site could be disposed of.
It is anticipated that putting the Town Hall site out to the open market and securing the right partner will take longer than any moratorium period that could be triggered by the ACV designation. Should any community group come forward as a potential bidder, they would be able to engage with and respond to the open market opportunity. Further information on this process will be advertised in due course.
June 2015 - Finding a lasting future for Hornsey Town Hall
A renewed drive to secure a lasting future for Hornsey Town Hall is underway after Haringey Council’s Cabinet approved proposals to seek a new operator for the landmark building.
Community use and access will remain at the heart of the Town Hall’s future, with any organisation interested in taking on the much-loved venue expected to set out in detail how their plans will guarantee this.
The Cabinet agreed on Tuesday 16 June to take the Town Hall to the market to find a preferred bidder to take a long lease on the building. In line with existing planning permission, parts of the site could be developed for housing to help cover the multi-million pound costs of repairing and restoring the Grade II* listed building.
The search for a new organisation to take on the running of Hornsey Town Hall comes after earlier plans for Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts to make it their home came to an end.
Haringey Council will work alongside the independent Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust - HTHCT (external link) to assess any bids to run the building. Bidders will be encouraged to present innovative ideas for community use, and any that fail to demonstrate a commitment to community access will not be considered.
Cllr Alan Strickland, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Housing, said:
“Hornsey Town Hall is a real gem in Haringey and we are determined to see it brought into use in a way that will both see the building brought to life, and cover the costs of preserving it for future generations.
“We share the community’s desire to see the best possible future for the building. That’s why bids will not be considered unless they show a clear commitment to an open door policy.”
Hornsey Town Hall will continue to be available for interim uses – such as the current Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre – while a long-term solution is sought. It is important to note, however, that the building is in need of at least £10million investment to repair and restore it for the future.
Hundreds of residents attended a public meeting in March to hear more about the future of the building, and around 300 took part in a consultation led by the Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust to help establish the kinds of community use people would like to see in the building.
Cabinet will make further decisions on next steps once a preferred bidder has been chosen.
June 2015 - Hornsey Town Hall Cabinet report published
A new report about the future of Hornsey Town Hall will be considered by Haringey Council’s Cabinet next Tuesday 16 June.
The Cabinet report outlines a new approach to the Hornsey Town Hall project, including recommending that the site is taken forward to the open market to begin the process of finding a suitable organisation to take on the running of the Town Hall for the longer term, in the best interests both of the building and the local community.
The report underlines the council’s determination that any organisation that bids to take on Hornsey Town Hall will have to demonstrate a clear commitment to community access to the building, and we will be expecting bidders to put forward innovative ideas for community use. Any bids that fail to demonstrate suitable community access to the building will not be considered.
The Cabinet report also includes feedback from the recent community consultation carried out by the independent Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust - HTHCT (external link), which saw them engage with more than 300 local residents to help explore the kind of community use and access that people would like to see at the Town Hall.
If Cabinet agrees to take Hornsey Town Hall forward to the market, a further report will be produced once a preferred bidder has been selected.
We are looking forward to receiving a wide range of innovative ideas for securing an exciting future for the Town Hall, and we will be working alongside HTHCT to consider the bids.
March 2015 - Public meeting and exhibition
More than 300 people packed out Hornsey Town Hall this week (16 March) to hear more about the town hall project so far and next steps to securing a sustainable future for this much-loved landmark.
The meeting saw a presentation and exhibition about the Town Hall before members of the public asked a series of questions, covering everything from future use and funding to repairs and current planning consent.
Reassurances were given that securing community access to the grade II* listed building remains a top priority, while there is also a commitment to making sure the Town Hall Square is put to the best possible use for community events and activities.
March 2015 - Public Exhibition and Stakeholder Briefings
A public event and exhibition to showcase the future of Hornsey Town Hall has been arranged by Haringey Council.
The event, to be held at the town hall Monday 16 March at 6.30pm, will be a chance for local residents and other interested people to hear more about what has happened with the Hornsey Town Hall project so far, and what’s next in securing a sustainable future for this much-loved landmark.
It follows an announcement earlier this year that plans for Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts to make the venue its long-term home will no longer be going ahead.
Exhibition boards showcasing the project’s progress and next steps will be displayed from 6.30pm, with a presentation to start at 7.30pm. Representatives from Haringey Council, Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust and independent consultants GVA will be on hand to answer questions.
Following the event, an exhibition charting the project so far and options for the Town Hall will remain on display at Hornsey Library, Haringey Park, until 23 March.
Find out more in the press release: Hornsey Town Hall – public exhibition
This exhibition follows two successful stakeholder briefing sessions which have reviewed project progress with community and business groups who have expressed a recent interest in the project. You can download the presentation slides (PDF, 574KB) from these sessions. The briefings were hosted by Councillor Strickland and supported by key project team members including Property Consultants GVA, the Leader of the Council, the council’s Chief Operating Officer, Assistant Director of Property and Capital Projects, local Ward Councillors and the Chair of Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust. See a full list of stakeholder attendees (PDF, 49KB).
A set of FAQs which reflect key questions raised in the meeting will be available next week.
January 2015 - Securing the best future for Hornsey Town Hall
A range of options for bringing the iconic Hornsey Town Hall back into use as a vibrant community space are being considered by Haringey Council.
Mountview will instead work with the council to find a new site in Haringey, keeping the prestigious theatre school in the borough.
Restoring Hornsey Town Hall and guaranteeing community access to the building – which has been largely out of bounds for many years – will remain at the heart of any decisions about its future.
Work to explore possible alternative uses of the building through an independent options appraisal began after a gateway review last year highlighted concerns around funding.
Following Mountview’s decision to withdraw from Hornsey Town Hall, the council will continue to work with the Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust and the local community to find the best solution for the long-term future of the building.
Residents will be invited to learn more about options for the building through a public event and exhibition at the Town Hall in early March.
Further information about the gateway review, options appraisal and next steps can also be found through the links on the left-hand side of this webpage.
Cllr Alan Strickland, Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration, said:
“We share local people’s passion for Hornsey Town Hall, and remain committed to seeing this much-loved landmark brought back into use.
“Our priority now is to find the right scheme for the long-term future of the building – one that will not only honour its heritage but also secure its future as an arts landmark for everyone in Hornsey and Haringey to be proud of.
“We will also continue to work closely with Mountview so that we can help them to find a permanent home that will keep them in Haringey for generations to come.”
Liz Sich, Chair of the Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust, said:
“We are of course very disappointed that the Mountview scheme for Hornsey Town Hall will not be going ahead. A lot of detailed work has gone into this enormously complex project by everyone involved.
“We were particularly impressed by Mountview's vision for community access and use for the Town Hall and hope that will serve as a benchmark as we move forward.
“Throughout 2014 the Trust has been closely involved in the Options Appraisal and we are as determined as ever to find a long-term sustainable future which fulfils community expectations for this glorious building.”
Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts has today announced that it is to pursue an alternative site for a new home in Haringey and will not be continuing with the Hornsey Town Hall project.
Mountview has been working closely with Haringey Council and Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust to develop plans to turn the former Hornsey Town Hall into a permanent home for the Academy. Following an initial grant from Heritage Lottery Fund Mountview developed plans to sympathetically convert the Grade II* listed building, as well as to create publically accessible teaching and training spaces.
The joint planning work by Mountview and Haringey Council has however demonstrated that the cost of restoring the Town Hall, in line with English Heritage’s requirements, is beyond the organisations’ combined reach.
Instead, Mountview has today confirmed that it is to pursue a new project with the council close to its current studios at the Chocolate Factory, in Wood Green’s cultural quarter.
November 2014 - Arts Centre revealed
Crouch End’s landmark Hornsey Town Hall is set to throw open its doors to the community for a year-long programme of arts, culture, events and activities.
The much-loved building will be revitalised as the Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre, offering studio space, public galleries and rehearsal space alongside a diverse range of events from spoken word artists and live music to pop-up dinners and theatre.
Find out more in the press release: Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre unveiled
August 2014 - Scaffolding
Temporary scaffolding has been put up on the side and roof of the assembly hall at Hornsey Town Hall.
The scaffolding is in place to allow us to survey the roof and assess what remedial works might be needed to help prevent water leaking through the roof. Scaffolding is essential to helping us do this work without causing any damage to the brickwork on the listed building.
16 July 2014 – Gateway Review & Options Appraisal
An options appraisal to explore possible future uses of Hornsey Town Hall will be carried out by Haringey Council.
The council’s Cabinet agreed last night (15 July) that a variety of possibilities for the Grade II* listed building and its surrounding site should be considered as part of the council’s ongoing commitment to securing a long-term future for the building.
The decision follows a “gateway review”, which tested progress made against existing plans for a partnership between the council and Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.
Under the agreement with Mountview, which was reached in 2011, the vacant Town Hall would be restored and brought back into use as Mountview’s permanent home and an arts, culture and education hub for Haringey.
The gateway review looked at all aspects of the Hornsey Town Hall project – from design and project management, to funding – and made a series of recommendations to address concerns including a gap in funding for the Mountview scheme. An options appraisal was amongst the recommendations made.
Cllr Alan Strickland, Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration, said:
“People in Crouch End are rightly passionate about Hornsey Town Hall, and we share that passion and the desire to see the building brought back into use as a true community asset.
“We’re really enthusiastic about Mountview’s vision for the Town Hall, and in particular their commitment to an extensive programme of community use that will give local people access to the building.
“Both the council and the Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust are still working closely with Mountview on their plans for the building and their fundraising strategy.
“But it’s vital that the long-term future of the Town Hall is secure, which is why we’ll be looking closely at all options during the next few months so that we can be confident that we have a sustainable scheme that will both honour the Town Hall’s heritage and assure its long-term future as a community landmark for everyone in Hornsey and Haringey to be proud of.”
8 October 2013
Hornsey Town Hall works moving ahead
Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts announced last week that the latest stage of the Hornsey Town Hall restoration project has been completed following extensive building surveys.
Due to the age of the Grade II* listed building, detailed studies have been essential to ascertain the quantity and location of asbestos in the Town Hall’s fabric, while intrusive surveys have examined the condition of the brick and plasterwork.
Mountview has also announced that cost consultancy and project management firms are currently being appointed.
RIBA Award-winning architects Purcell were appointed this summer to lead the design team for the renaissance of Hornsey Town Hall and are currently working on fully-costed outline designs, which will be completed by the end of the year.
In early 2014 Mountview will carry out local consultation so that Haringey residents can see and feedback on the proposed designs before submitting a planning application for the project.
- Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre unveiled (20 November 2014)
- Hornsey Town Hall update: Gateway Review (16 July 2014)
- Award winning architects to lead Hornsey Town Hall restoration (October 2013)
- Applications open for summer events at Hornsey Town Hall (March 2013)
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