To whet your appetites for Open House this weekend (22 and 23 September), here’s a short film of a walk through and around Hornsey Town Hall by Mia Carrara, niece of Crouch End Festival co-founder, Amanda Carrara. Lots of lovely detail, shadows and light, in it, and it also vividly shows why this wonderful building needs restoring. Here’s the link: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tlvd6miJwoc&feature=youtu.be
Open House this year features Heritage Tours of the Town Hall every hour between 11.00am and 3.00pm and, on both days, a lecture on the Grade II* listed building in the Council Chamber at 1.00pm (capacity 50 people). The building will be open from 10.00am until 5.00pm.
Find out more about Open House in Haringey and across London here: https://openhouselondon.open-city.org.uk/
Time+Space, who will run the Arts Centre at the newly refurbished Town Hall, has announced it will run a consultation and series of workshops in the autumn to help them frame the arts and community activities that will take place when its doors reopen. Ahead of the workshops, there will be also be an online survey conducted by The Audience Agency. All details are on the press release 180815_Public_uses_at_Hornsey_Town_Hall.
You can register your interest in taking part here http://www.hthartscentre.com
Bear in mind, too, that all this is underpinned by the Community Use Agreement signed by FEC, the developer, and Haringey Council. We’ve posted it before but here it is again: Community_Use_and_Access_Agreement
FEC and Haringey Council signed the development agreement yesterday, Wednesday 2 May. FEC issued the attached press release today, 3 May.
This is an important milestone in the life of Hornsey Town Hall and will realise the much-needed multi-million pound restoration of this Grade II* listed building. There is a legally-binding commitment to ensure ongoing public use and access to Hornsey Town Hall for the long term. We look forward to working with FEC, its team of architects, and Time + Space Co to ensure that the Town Hall scheme brings not only a refurbishment of the highest quality but an Arts Centre that is ambitious, inclusive, diverse and truly representative of the whole of Haringey.
Haringey Council has announced that FEC will fund eleven social rented homes on the HTH site. This investment is to be ring-fenced. Haringey Council has also undertaken to provide a further fifteen affordable homes in the west of the borough. The provision of affordable housing will also be reviewed near to completion of the project with the possibility that more may then be made available.
LBH’s announcement is here: http://www.haringey.gov.uk/news/hornsey-town-hall-developer-fund-affordable-housing
This is in addition to the much-needed investment of over £30 million by FEC in the restoration and refurbishment of Hornsey Town Hall, outline details of which were published last month and are here: FEC publishes details of restoration costs for Hornsey Town Hall
Two dates have been announced for Meet the Arts Operator sessions with Piers Read from Time + Space.
They are at Hornsey Town Hall on Thursday 23 November at 7.30pm and Saturday 25 November at 11.00am.
You can register here on EventBrite (free, one ticket per person, first come, first served basis) for 23 November:
and here for 25 November:
You can read the full press release here:
FEC has published the headline costs for the repair and restoration of Hornsey Town Hall. It represents an investment in HTH in excess of £30 million, with £25.5 million spent on the building and the Town Hall Square, and a further £2 million on the fit-out of the arts, community and co-working spaces.
The Trust believes that this substantial investment by FEC in Hornsey Town Hall is to be broadly welcomed. It will ensure the delivery of a high quality restoration and sensitive refurbishment of the Town Hall, and takes it off the At Risk register. Crucially it should secure Hornsey Town Hall’s long term future as an historic building and an arts and community venue for all to enjoy, the investment in which we will continue to monitor.
The details are here:
HTHCT has submitted its response to the planning application. You can read the full letter here.
The link to the ward councillors’ open letter may not work: if not, it’s here:
Open Letter to FEC
FEC has just released this press release about the appointment of the arts operator for Hornsey Town Hall as well as the appointment of its first two partners, Jon Gilchrist and Musion.
We believe the greatly-anticipated appointment of Time + Space as well as Jon Gilchrist, former Director at the Bush Theatre, and Musion, is very welcome as is the intention to work closely with local arts providers such as The ArtHouse Crouch End. We’ve always believed that Hornsey Town Hall has the potential to become a truly vibrant and exciting centre for the arts and the community, and are pleased to see the appointment of an experienced operator. We are looking forward to hearing about the potential programme and the way the community and local culture organisations can play its part. The operator will be observing the Community Use Agreement which the HTHCT lobbied hard to have included in the eventual lease.
Our three Crouch End ward councillors have just received a response from FEC to their open letter about the plans for Hornsey Town Hall; they you can read it here:
FEC respond to our open letter on Hornsey Town Hall
There’s a link to their letter on the latest posting but you can also read it here:
Open Letter to FEC
The Trust published an article on the need to restore Hornsey Town Hall in the Ham & High. A pdf of the article is here:
And the Crouch End Neighbourhood Forum asked us to post their response to it which is here: