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Restoring Hornsey Town Hall

This is a terrific film from Make Architects on the progress being made on the restoration and refurbishment of Hornsey Town Hall. Hosted by Regine Kandan, one of the lead architects on the project, she takes us from the Town Hall Square, through to the Assembly Hall, the Mayor’s Parlour, the Committee Rooms, the Council Chamber and, finally, onto the roof. Definitely worth a watch.

Here it is on Vimeo:

And YouTube:

In other news, we are planning to reschedule the pandemic-delayed talk on the restoration of Hornsey Town Hall by Claire Brady from Historic England and Regine Kandan from Make Architects. Details are currently being finalised for a date towards the end of March 2022.

Town Hall Square update

We’re delighted to see that Haringey Council stepped in swiftly to issue a Breach of Condition Notice to ensure that the Town Hall Square will be paved with York Stone, as consented by planning, and not in granite.

Both the Trust and Crouch End Neighbourhood Forum contacted the council to express their concerns about the granite slabs which we felt were inferior to York Stone and would do little to enhance the public space in front of a newly-restored Town Hall.

We also pressed LBH on whether there had been any discussions to improve the public highway in front of the Town Hall Square (by the bus stop and ‘phone boxes) which, if they remain in the state they are currently in, will simply let the whole space down. LBH has replied to say officers from the Highways Department and Transport Planning are in discussions with FEC/Ardmore regarding agreement around the s278 highway works. We will continue to urge them to share any plans or drawings with the community.

A copy of our letter to LBH and the Breach of Condition Notice are here:

Click to access Letter_to_LBH.pdf

Click to access 211129_LBH_Town_Hall_Square_Enforcement_Notice.pdf

November 2020 Construction Steering Group minutes

Here are the draft minutes from November’s construction steering group meeting.  Lots of questions and comments about noise on the site and the need for a quick response from the construction team.  And progress on the Town Hall Square.

201125_Hornsey_Town_Hall_CSG-Meeting_Minutes_DRAFT

The first meeting of 2021 is tomorrow night, Thursday 25th February.  We’ll post the draft minutes as soon as we get them.

September Construction Steering Group meeting

We’ve received the draft minutes of the latest Construction Steering Group meeting which was held on Zoom on Wednesday 9th September.

You can read the draft minutes here: 200909_Hornsey_Town_Hall_CSG_Meeting_Minutes_DRAFT

Inevitably the question of delays to the build and restoration due to COVID came up; the key timeline dates from the minutes are:

  • August 2021 – Completion of Block A (to the rear of the Town Hall)
  • Autumn 2021 – Works on the Town Hall Square to be completed
  • October 2021 – Completion of Block B (to the rear of the Town Hall)
  • Spring 2022- Completion of the restoration and refurbishment of the Town Hall

We’ve asked FEC at recent CSG meetings about the possible impact of the virus on the quality of the final scheme and restoration of the Town Hall; FEC has consistently stated that, whilst inevitably there has been an impact on timing, its commitment to both high quality and delivering the project as agreed at planning remains.

We hope to see the sketch drawings of the restored Town Hall Square very soon and will share them here.

The next meeting is due to be held in November (date tbc); if you have anything you’d like to raise, please get in touch at hornseytownhalltrust@gmail.com.

 

Latest HTH construction newsletter published

The summer edition of FEC/Ardmore’s quarterly construction newsletter has just been published – you can read it here:  Hornsey_Town_Hall_Community_Newsletter_Summer_2020

In it there is more information on the work starting on the Town Hall Square which means it will be closed from the beginning of September until autumn 2021 as well as an article by Regine Kandan from Make Architects on restoring the fabric and tapestry in the beautiful and historic Council Chamber.

There are also contact details for the construction team and the mailing list sign-up: call 020 7234 3334 or email hthconstruction@newingtoncomms.co.uk.

 

 

 

Latest Construction Steering Group update

Meetings of the Hornsey Town Hall Construction Steering Group have resumed, albeit on Zoom.

A well-attended meeting, including local residents, ward councillors and representatives from LBH’s planning department, FEC (the developer), Make Architects, Crouch End Area Assembly,  Crouch End Festival, and HTHT, was held on 2 June.   The minutes are here 200602_Hornsey_Town_Hall_CSG_Meeting-Minutes

There was a lot of frustration expressed at the lack of communication about the introduction of extended working hours on site from the end of April.  Whilst the need for extended working hours was acknowledged due to time lost during at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to operate the site safely and within government guidelines, it was felt the communications with local residents in particular had been inadequate. Following the meeting, this letter was sent to local residents on 5 June 2020: 2006005_Letter_to_Residents_Update_on_hours_of_construction_at_HTH

Both the Trust and Crouch End Area Assembly asked how the effects of  COVID-19 might impact on the delivery of the whole scheme, including the full restoration of Hornsey Town Hall.   Nick Poon from FEC stated that the project would not be affected and would be delivered as originally planned.

Newington Comms has also sent through the group’s Terms of Reference which can be read here: Hornsey_Town_Hall_CSG_Terms_of_Reference_June_2020

The next meeting is scheduled for August.

Residents can direct construction enquiries to Eillish Kwai at Ardmore  between the hours of 08.00-21.00 – ekwai@ardmoregroup.co.uk or on 07776 331724.

There is also a 24-hour emergency hotline at 0208 344 0300.

 

Work resumes at Hornsey Town Hall

We’ve been advised that building work has resumed at Hornsey Town Hall as of Monday 27th April.  Ardmore took the decision on 23rd March to suspend construction operations across all its projects including Hornsey Town Hall, for reasons of health, safety and wellbeing of its staff and the wider public.

They say that “the Government has confirmed that construction sites should return to work if they are able to safely comply with the Construction Leadership Council’s Site Operating Procedures. These procedures, which reflect Public Health England guidance, provide sector-specific guidance for construction sites to operate whilst protecting the workforce and the public, and minimising the risk of spread of infection.

“Ardmore has undertaken a review of its current work practices to understand if and how each site could operate in line with these Standard Operating Procedures, as well as reviewing how people can safely travel to and from work and whether additional protection strategies above and beyond the guidelines can be brought in. With this in mind, a managed return to work began at Hornsey Town Hall from Monday 27th April, initially with a limited team in place.

The construction team at Hornsey Town Hall remains directly contactable for any urgent enquiries during this time on: 0208 344 0300.”

 

 

HTH restoration talk POSTPONED

Due to the progression of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the trustees, in consultation with the speakers, have decided to postpone the talk on the restoration of Hornsey Town Hall, scheduled for 25th March at Greig City Academy.

Whilst we’re really disappointed about this, particularly as we had such a great response from the local community, we feel it is the prudent thing to do at this time.

We will reschedule as soon as we possibly can and have been in touch by email with all those who registered for tickets.

With thanks for your understanding.