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.
Notes to editors:
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.