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This time? Make wins planning for Hornsey Town Hall revamp

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Make has been given the go-ahead for the revamp of Hornsey Town Hall in Crouch End – the latest in a long line of schemes proposed for the north London landmark 

Appointed by developer Far East Consortium (FEC), Make plans to transform the Grade II*-listed complex, celebrated as one of the first major Modernist buildings in the UK, into a boutique hotel and arts venue, together with two apartment blocks at the back of the site providing 146 homes – 11 of which will be affordable.

In 2015 Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts abandoned Purcell-designed plans for a new headquarters inside the 1935 building.

Purcell had been working on the job since 2013 when it was brought in to replace Bennetts Associates, which had completed initial feasibility studies for the school. At the time Bennetts Associates claimed it was undercut on fees.

Five years earlier, in 2008, John McAslan + Partners, was parachuted in to replace DSDHA on the scheme, briefed to deliver a ‘new community use’ for the Art Deco town hall, which has been largely unused since 2003.

The iconic 1935 complex, designed by Reginald Uren, closed as a town hall in 1966 when the council’s administrative services were moved to Wood Green. Since then the building has been used as an arts centre for the local community, housing about 70 tenants in a small business incubator.

Haringey Council launched a fresh tender for the building’s sale after Purcell’s Mountview project collapsed. It announced Hong Kong-based FEC as preferred bidder last October. Despite a petition of nearly 7,000 signatures calling for the deal to be scrapped, FEC was awarded the redevelopment in February this year.

John Connolly, head of UK development at Far East Consortium, said: ‘The team has worked tirelessly over the course of the year and have sought to reflect the views and interests of local people whilst at the same time ensuring our proposals are realistic and deliverable, which will secure the future of this iconic building in the heart of Crouch End.

’The planning consent is welcome news and I’d like to thank everyone who has worked with us including Haringey Council elected members, officers and local community groups. The appointment of Crouch Ender Piers Read (Time + Space Co) as arts operator will activate the Town Hall and secure its future for generations to come.’

The 22,407m² scheme is expected to start on site next year and complete in 2020.

Project data

Location Hornsey Town Hall, Crouch End
Type of project Mixed use including restoration of a Grade II*-listed building, a hotel, residential apartments and an arts centre
Client Crouch End (FEC) Ltd
Architect Make
Historic Building Consultant Donald Insall Associates
Landscape architect Outerspace
Planning consultant Collective Planning
Structural engineer Bradbrook
M&E consultant Sweco
Quantity surveyor Fulkers
Lighting consultant Point 2 Surveyors
Funding Far East Consortium (FEC) International
Tender date Development agreement signed (between Haringey Council) and Crouch End (FEC) Ltd in February 2017
Start on site Subject to planning consent, 2018
Completion Expected in 2020
Gross internal floor area 22,407m²
Form of contract and/or procurement Development Agreement between Haringey Council and Crouch End (FEC)

Bennetts (left) make (right) hornsey town hall

Bennetts (left) make (right) hornsey town hall

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