In its first newsletter (they will be quarterly) FEC has announced that it has appointed Ardmore Construction http://www.ardmoregroup.co.uk as the contractor for both the restoration and refurbishment of Hornsey Town Hall and the residential development to its rear.
We’re pleased to see that Ardmore has previously worked on a number of listed building projects, including the Grade 1 listed The Ned which was designed by Lutyens and was formerly the HQ of the Midland Bank, and Ten Trinity Square, which is, like Hornsey Town Hall, a Grade II* listed building designed by Sir Edward Cooper in the 1920s and former home to the Port of London Authority.
We look forward to hearing how they (and FEC) plan to work with the community during the build period and more about the developing strategy for the Arts Centre.
FEC has also stated that work on the restoration of Hornsey Town Hall will begin this summer with work completed sometime in early autumn 2021. Licence holders have now been served notice as the Town Hall will close from July. Time+Space have told the current occupants of the Town Hall that they have found temporary office and co-working space just off Park Road in Lynton Road, N8.
Time+Space and FEC have also announced a community celebration of Hornsey Town Hall on Saturday 6 July. More details to follow.
You can read the newsletter here: FEC_Newsletter_for_Hornsey_Town_Hall_June_2019
Hornsey Town Hall will play host to Sleep Easy, the YMCA North London’s fundraiser to help young homeless people build a better future.
You can sleep out in the Town Hall Square from 7.30pm on Friday 8th March until the morning of Saturday 9th March and help raise funds for the YMCA’s hostel which offers accommodation and support to up to 300 people a year who are homeless or at risk of being homeless.
Find out more here: http://www.haringey.gov.uk/event/33117-ymca-north-london-sleep-easy-2019
Time+Space have announced that the new cafe at Hornsey Town Hall will open next Monday, 10th December.
It will be open seven days a week and will have a loyalty scheme for regular customers. Breakfast, lunch, tea, coffee and cakes on offer as well as a selection of drinks.
More information here (including opening hours): https://bit.ly/2B1f5Kb
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: