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Two practices vie for Walworth Town Hall restoration

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Feix & Merlin Architects and Squire & Partners are competing for a multi-million-pound restoration and conversion of the fire-damaged former Walworth Town Hall in south London

The two practices have made the final round of a developer-led contest to restore the Grade II-listed Walworth Road landmark, which formerly hosted a museum and library but was devastated in a blaze more than five years ago.

Planned to complete in 2022, the Southwark Council-backed project will transform the Henry Jarvis civic complex into a new arts centre, community venue and co-working hub for the local area, which is undergoing large-scale regeneration.

Feix & Merlin has teamed up with developer General Projects while Squire & Partners is working with Castleforge. Details of each team’s proposals feature in an online public consultation which runs until 21 January.

Feix & Merlin has proposed transforming the building into an employment, creative, arts and community hub featuring workshops, studios, a gallery, events spaces, café and restaurant. Squire & Partners has also proposed creating new workspaces, a restaurant and exhibition spaces.

The complex, completed during the latter half of the 19th century, was designed as a town hall and library, but ceased to be used as a local administrative centre after the 1960s. It suffered extensive damage following a fire in March 2013.

The two competing proposals will be presented at a consultation public event at the Art Academy, 155 Walworth Road from 7pm on Wednesday 12 December. An overall winner is expected to be announced next year.

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