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Restoring Hornsey Town Hall – Wednesday 25th March

Following the talk at NLA last month, this is an opportunity for the local community to hear from Make Architects and Historic England  about the restoration of Hornsey Town Hall.  The event will be hosted by Hornsey Town Hall Trust

Date: Wednesday 25th March

Time: 7.00pm-9.00pm

Venue: Union Church and Community Centre, Weston Park, N8 9PX

Register for free tickets here:

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Civic Charm – presentations on HTH by Make Architects, Historic England and Fulkers Bailey Russell

Regine Kandan from Make Architects, Anusha Le Vasan from Fulkers Bailey Russell and Claire Brady from Historic England gave a presentation at NLA ( last night, Tuesday 21st January, on the first steps of the restoration and transformation of Hornsey Town Hall.  The presentation focussed on the Town Hall itself, not the enabling development to the rear of the building.

Claire Brady from Historic England made the point that there was an unusually high number of Listed Building conditions attached (eighteen) to the restoration, all of which were being fulfilled by the developer, FEC.  She talked about the role Historic England had played in the evaluation of all the tenders and commented that the proposed scheme was, in her opinion, the one that represented the best outcome for HTH in that it protected and restored its existing public spaces and was far less intrusive in terms of the original fabric of the building. Claire’s presentation is here (low res version; see below for picture credits): Claire_Brady_HistoricEngland_web

Regine Kandan from Make Architects, the lead designers on the HTH scheme, talked about the three guiding principles in the restoration of the Town Hall: Repair, Restore and Repurpose.  She talked about the poor state of the building prior to being “wrapped up” ahead of the restoration, and the ambition to restore and reuse as much of the existing fabric, fittings and artefacts, right down to the original door handles and clothes hooks in the lavatories.

One particular anecdote stood out: all the clocks in Hornsey Town Hall were once set to the same time and controlled by a single synchronome clock located in the lower ground floor.  (There’s a picture of it on slide 40 of Regine’s presentation).  The theory was that no one would be late for a meeting.  All the clocks will be carefully restored and reused and, where possible, returned to their original location.

Regine’s presentation is here: Make_NLA_Hornsey Town Hall

Some of the detail of Regine’s presentation was based on the Hornsey Town Hall Salvage Strategy, published in July 2019 and available on the LBH planning portal.  You can read the report here: Hornsey_Town_Hall_Salvage_Strategy_July2019

The visuals from Anusha’s presentation are here: Anusha_LeVasan_FulkersBaileyRussell_web

We very much hope that there will local presentations on the restoration of the Town Hall by the architects and Historic England in the coming months and we will report back as soon as we have more news.

Historic England picture credits

Slide 2:       Hornsey Borough map: British History Online

Slide 4:       Leeds Town Hall: insider media

Birmingham Town Hall: Wikipedia

Manchester Town Hall: Wikipedia

East Ham Town Hall: Alamy

Slide 5:       Stockholm Town Hall: Flickr

Hornsey Town Hall: Donald Insall Associates

Slide 6:       Google Streetview

Slides 9-11:Donald Insalls and RIBA

Slide 13:     Tottenham Town Hall: The Dream Centre

Holborn Town

Marylebone Town Hall:

Southgate Town Hall:

Slide 14:     Haringey planning website



FREE EVENT – TOMORROW TUESDAY 21 JANUARY – Civic Charm: The Transformation of Hornsey Town Hall

Just heard about this free event tomorrow evening, focussing on the restoration and transformation of Hornsey Town Hall.  It’s at NLA, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London WC1E 7BT and starts at 6.30pm.  Nearest tube: Goodge Street or Warren Street.

One of the speakers is Regine Kandan, Partner at Make Architects who are overseeing the restoration of the Town Hall.

More details and free registration here:



Talks and Walks at Hornsey Town Hall

As part of the CREATE day at Hornsey Town Hall on Saturday, 6 July, there will be several events that focus on the history, heritage and future of the Grade II* listed building.

Katy Ghahremani from Make architects, who are masterminding the regeneration of Hornsey Town Hall, will be talking about the restoration project and the importance of securing a sustainable future at 2.00pm on the first floor of HTH. 

It’s a free drop-in event but booking is advised, link here:

Crouch End Walks ( will be leading two heritage walks around the Town Hall on Saturday at 11.00am and 12.30pm.  Each walk, which is led by a qualified guide, will last about an hour and will give people an opportunity to see all the original features of this wonderful building.  Meet at the reception desk on the ground floor of Hornsey Town Hall.

The event is free but you can book here:

FEC appoints contractor for Hornsey Town Hall

In its first newsletter (they will be quarterly) FEC has announced that it has appointed Ardmore Construction 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


Crouch End Open Studios at Hornsey Town Hall

Sleep out at HTH on Friday 8th March to support the homeless

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.

Families welcome!

Find out more here:


Hornsey Town Hall cafe opening Monday 10th December

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):




A short film to preview Open House this weekend at Hornsey Town Hall

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:

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:


Time+Space to embark on consultation

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

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