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Foster Wilson unveils Hoxton Hall restoration

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Foster Wilson Architects has completed the £1.5 million restoration of the grade II*-listed Hoxton Hall in East London

The Islington-based practice has restored the historic music hall opening up the upper and lower balconies for public use once again.

Fittings including fire surrounds, laylights and sunburners have been reinstated while modern brick walls have been removed to reveal the music hall’s original cast iron windows.

The building, which is one of the UK’s few surviving music halls, provides new facilities for the youth arts centre.

Built in 1863, the hall was extended in 1867 and had a relatively short life as a music hall, closing in 1871.

Edmund Wilson, partner at Foster Wilson Architects, said: Hoxton Hall is a very rare surviving music hall, a building of immense character and an amazing performance venue. We have undertaken a careful restoration that aims to retain the charm and character of the hall, and ensure that it remains open for public use well into the future. The knocks, scrapes and scuffs of years of use have been left for people to see so they can enjoy a building that wears its history with pride.  

‘For over five years we have been working with Hoxton Hall to help realise a careful restoration; we’re delighted that the hall will re-open again shortly as one of London’s best-loved performance venues to an increased audience.’

Karena Johnson, artistic director at Hoxton Hall, added: ‘The beautifully detailed restoration work undertaken by Foster Wilson Architects of this living music hall will enable us make this unique auditorium accessible to a new generation of audiences from Hackney and beyond. The completion of the project marks the beginning of an exciting new era of performance at Hoxton Hall.  We look forward to re-opening as a new home for contemporary variety performance alongside our extensive arts participation program.’

Project data

Location Hoxton, East London
Type of project culture
Client Hoxton Hall
Architect Foster Wilson Architects
Structural engineer Price & Myers
M&E consultant Skelly & Couch
Quantity surveyor Artelia UK
Planning supervisor Artelia UK
Main contractor Fairhurst Ward Abbotts
Acoustic consultant Gillieron Scott Acoustic Design
Theatre consultant Theatreplan
Funding Heritage Lottery Fund 

Tender date February 2014
Start on site date April 2014
Completion date March 2015
Contract duration 11 months
Form of contract and/or procurement JCT
Total cost £1.5million

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