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John McAslan to overhaul Hornsey Town Hall

John McAslan + Partners has become the latest architect charged with the project to restore the Grade II*-listed 1930s Hornsey Town Hall in north London.

Unveiled by scheme backer Haringey Council on Friday (19 September), the practice follows in the footsteps of fellow London-based firm DSDHA, which had been expected to take forward a £15 million cinema and residential scheme within and around the ‘municipal-style’ building (AJ online 22.08.06).

DSDHA was appointed previously for initial feasibility work, and was shortlisted for the new procurement but lost out to John McAslan.

McAslan is looking at a ‘new community use’ for the 1935 landmark, designed by Reginald Uren, which would be funded by new housing and shops on the site.

One of the building’s claims to fame is that it hosted the first concert by the band Queen.

Practice director Hannah Lawson, said: ‘We look forward to working with the Community Partnership Board, Haringey Council and the local community to realise their aspiration.

‘Key to our approach will be comprehensive and inclusive consultation with the community and other stakeholders, focusing on the needs and aspirations of the people who will enjoy this building for decades to come.’

A planning application is expected to be submitted next summer (2009), with work due to start on site in early 2010.

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