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Rick Mather wins planning for Fairfield Halls revamp

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Rick Mather Architects has won the go-ahead to revamp Croydon’s Fairfield Halls as part of wider plans to create a new cultural quarter in the south London borough

The ‘full-scale refurbishment’ of the 1962 venue, which currently houses a 1,700-seat concert hall, the 750-seat theatre and gallery spaces, sits within the so-called College Green redevelopment area.

Billed as a key part of Croydon’s overall £5.25 billion regeneration, the College Green scheme will eventually deliver 2,000 homes, a series of public spaces, a new college, new shops, office space and a 2,000m² art gallery - also designed by Rick Mather.

Last week Croydon’s planning committee approved the detailed designs for the overhaul of the halls as well as plans for the first major phase of the surrounding development which includes the demolition of the multi-storey car park to make way for 218 new homes - another Rick Mather scheme.

College Green is being developed by the council’s own development company Brick by Brick.

Councillor Alison Butler, cabinet member for homes, regeneration and planning, said: ’College Green is a hugely symbolic project for Croydon and crucial to the borough’s overall regeneration and growth ambitions.

‘The proposal will revitalise an under-used and tired area, turning it into a vibrant public space and reconnecting it with the rest of the town centre. It will also supply much-needed new homes and jobs as well as fantastic arts, leisure and educational facilities. It’s fantastic news for everyone in Croydon.’

Previously Keith Williams Architects (see AJ 19.01.10) and RHWL Arts Team had looked at proposals to overhaul the post-war concert hall which was used as a backdrop in the film The Da Vinci Code.

The tender for the works on Fairfield Halls went out last week and the renovation is expected to complete in November 2018.

Keith Williams Architects' to oversee the revvamp of Fairfield Halls

Keith Williams Architects’ to oversee the revvamp of Fairfield Halls

Earlier this month the government gave plans for Croydon’s new cultural quarter a major boost after awarding the borough £14.2 million cash from the Coast to Capital Partnership for contribution to growth in the region

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Among the artists to have performed at the Halls have included Tangerine Dream, The Beatles, The Who, Morrissey, and Shakin’ Stevens.

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