Haringey Council have 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 the successful restoration and refurbishment of the historic Hornsey Town Hall and delivery of a vibrant open square for the public.
The proposal to completely restore the iconic Hornsey Town Hall and deliver a new arts centre, improved town hall square, new café / restaurant, a boutique hotel and new homes was agreed by Haringey’s cabinet at their meeting on 15th November 2016. The hotel element of the scheme will help to cover the extensive running costs associated with the town hall guaranteeing its future.
The refurbishment plan will:
- deliver a new arts centre
- completely restore and repair the ageing building so it is removed from the Heritage At Risk register
- make substantial improvements to the public realm, including better public access to the town hall square
- deliver a boutique hotel in part of the building
- deliver two restaurants/cafés
FEC have partnered with Coplan Estates on this exciting project and will appoint a specialist arts centre operator, with discussions currently taking place with ANA Arts Projects, who operate and manage the interim Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre. Additionally, FEC and Coplan Estates will set up a steering group when the refurbished town hall building opens, which will include representation from community groups and Ward Councillors.
The specific internal areas that are currently allocated for community use include:
• The Assembly Hall and Foyer access area
• Supper Room
• Committee Room
• Council Chamber
• Green Room
The aim is to create two mid-size restaurant units fronting the new public realm, at the front of the Town Hall. In addition, there will be two smaller café-size units within the main Town Hall entrance.
Hornsey Town Hall was built in 1935 and is notable as one of the earliest modernist, continental-inspired Town Halls built in inter-war England. The building is on Historic England’s ‘Heritage at Risk’ register, making restoration even more important. FEC and Coplan Estates are committed to investing around £27m directly into restoring, refurbishing and enhancing the town hall building, which will not only remove it from the register but will very importantly create a focal point at the heart of Crouch End for the local community.
FEC and Coplan Estates’ proposals include investment of at least £1million to improve the public realm, including an enhanced public square at the front of Hornsey Town Hall. The aim of the proposals is to remove existing barriers and replace them with a design that promotes pedestrian activity while retaining the green space at the heart of the square. Additionally, the new ‘town hall square’ will provide flexible space which can be still be used for local events, festivals and markets to be enjoyed by the local community.
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. The 60 room 4* hotel will be operated by Dorsett Hospitality and the hotel rooms are concentrated in the less historically significant parts of the building.
Based on the current consented scheme, FEC and Coplan Estates will build 123 new residential homes. The provision of new homes will enable the refurbishments works required in order to preserve the heritage of the iconic Hornsey Town Hall.
FEC and Coplan Estates are committed to involving the local community to restore the Town Hall to its former glory and to ensure that this world class building is preserved for the use and enjoyment of future generations.
FEC and Coplan Estates will be announcing their community engagement programme and launching a dedicated website later this year, which will become a key point of reference for the progress at Hornsey Town Hall. In the New Year, a ‘Community Hub’ will be located onsite which will provide local residents information on the plans, regular project updates and opportunities for local residents to provide continuous feedback.
John Connolly, Head of Development from FEC said: “We are very excited to be given the opportunity to create a new landmark for 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. We are committed to delivering a scheme which will make the local residents proud and which they can enjoy for generations to come.”
Councillor 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.”