Search

Developer pledges to invest £36m in Hornsey Town Hall

PUBLISHED: 18:49 17 October 2017 | UPDATED: 12:29 19 October 2017

Haringey Council has struck a deal with developer Far East Consortium which sees the firm pay for 11 affordable homes as part of plans for Hornsey Town Hall. Picture: Purcell

Haringey Council has struck a deal with developer Far East Consortium which sees the firm pay for 11 affordable homes as part of plans for Hornsey Town Hall. Picture: Purcell

Archant

The developer behind plans to restore Hornsey Town Hall has pledged to invest more than £36million in the Grade II*-listed building and Broadway Annexe.

Far East Consortium (FEC) announced last week it would spend more than £20m in “essential repair and heritage works” to preserve the venue originally built in the 1930s but which fell into disrepair after the council relocated its headquarters to Wood Green in 1966.

Haringey Council and FEC signed an agreement to develop the Town Hall in February.

On the spending plan, FEC’s John Connolly, said: “We’re committed to restoring the Town Hall and safeguarding it for future generations.

“Our cost breakdown for the restoration and refurbishment of this much loved asset sets out the scale of thought and investment that is going into the refurbishment,” he added.

The developer has pledged £5m for structural changes and earmarked £6m for ‘fit out’ costs for community spaces and a hotel.

But FEC has no plans for affordable housing at the rear of the site where the company want to put up 146 flats, this in spite of calls for details from Crouch End councillors and the community.

Welcoming the announcement as “positive”, Crouch End cllr Natan Doron said: “The restoration is critical to the success of the project but there is more to do on affordable housing. It would be completely unacceptable not to have any. We will not support the application unless this is addressed.”

Liz Sich, chair of Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust said: “We believe this substantial investment is to be broadly welcomed.

“It will ensure the delivery of a high quality restoration and sensitive refurbishment, and takes it off English Heritage’s 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,” she added.

David Winskill of Hornsey Town Hall Appreciation Society said: “These are very big sums of money and will, hopefully, lead to a first class restoration of this much neglected building.

“It is hard though to distinguish between essential works, work which supports the housing scheme and structural work for the new uses such as restaurants etc.

“We will need to study the elements of the cost breakdown document carefully to ensure they are not being used simply to justify the extra build at the rear and lack of affordable/social housing,” he added.

Subject to planning consent, FEC expects the development to start in 2018 and anticipates completion two years later.

Related articles

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

Yesterday, 17:37

Camden and Islington’s mental health trust is consulting on plans to pool its inpatient beds at a new site at the Whittington Hospital.

Yesterday, 15:07

People in Hampstead Garden Suburb are up in arms about the proposed expansion of the historic Henrietta Barnett School – six years after the last one.

Yesterday, 14:05

A well-known male fashion model was knifed to death by a less successful rival in a row over a girl, a court has heard.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Plans to open a restaurant in Muswell Hill could lead to more noise and anti-social behaviour, a neighbour has warned.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Haringey Council is set to ditch the controversial Haringey Development Vehicle policy, at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday night, costing at least £520,000.

Friday, July 13, 2018

A Camden conman who posed as a bank official to swindle three family-run businesses out of almost £2m was jailed for seven years on Thursday.

Friday, July 13, 2018

The property price gap between London and other cities around the UK is predicted to narrow in the next two years according to figures published by Hometrack

Friday, July 13, 2018

The military aircraft circling London’s skies for President Trump’s visit are shaking people’s houses and setting off car alarms, say Crouch End residents.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Londoners seeking high quality houses for sale within easy commuting distance of the capital are being advised to look north to St Albans’ prestigious Gabriel Square development.

Preparing your child in advance for school will go a long way towards ensuring the very best start for your child.

After over 50 years in the acting industry, and a decade of unprecedented success delivering outstanding part-time performing arts tuition at her weekend Academies across the country, Pauline Quirke returns to her roots to create even more opportunities for young performers in North London.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now