Award-winning architects Make will lead on designs for the restoration of Hornsey Town Hall. Make join a team of experts brought on board by Crouch End (FEC) Ltd to take forward the sensitive restoration of the Grade II* listed building in the heart of Crouch End.
Make brings a wealth of expertise and in-depth experience of landmark heritage schemes, including Harrods and the City of London Information Centre, St Paul’s. Make will work closely with historic buildings consultants from Donald Insall Associates, a leading conservation architecture practice, with nearly 60 years’ experience in the care, repair and adaptation of historic buildings.
Working alongside Coplan Estates, Crouch End (FEC) Ltd will undertake the multi-million pound restoration of the much-loved Town Hall, ensuring its removal from Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register and securing its future for generations to come.
John Connolly, Head of UK development at Crouch End (FEC) Ltd, commented: “Hornsey Town Hall is a landmark building which is steeped in history, and we are dedicated to maintaining the building’s heritage whilst also creating a new cultural hub for the whole community to enjoy. We are delighted to have appointed Make Architects and Donald Insall Associates who will work with us to ensure the Town Hall is restored to its former glory.”
When complete, Hornsey Town Hall will be home to a new arts centre with community access, restaurants, cafés, a small boutique hotel, new housing and landscaping. The Town Hall Square and public realm will also be regenerated, with guaranteed public use of the square, new landscaping and seating, and the potential for community events such as festivals and occasional markets.
The historic elements of the art deco building will be restored, with many areas available for community use, such as the assembly hall, foyer, council chamber, supper room and committee rooms. Less historic parts of the building will be incorporated into the new boutique hotel.
A new residential building, to the rear of Hornsey Town Hall, will provide much-needed housing to the local area and fund the restoration work on the Town Hall.
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 was the home of Hornsey Borough Council until 1966 when many administrative functions were moved to Wood Green following the creation of Haringey Council. The Town Hall continued to be used as Haringey offices for a number of years before falling into disrepair. During the past two years, parts of the building have been re-opened by the council for use a community arts centre.
The multi-million pound restoration of the historic Grade II*-listed building is set to commence in 2018, with community consultation taking place from April 2017. The team are particularly interested in hearing local views about the Town Square and community uses of the Town Hall.
Crouch End (FEC) Ltd is committed to engagement with the local community throughout the project and has launched a community website www.restoringhornseytownhall.com where residents can keep up to date with progress.