Hornsey Town Hall – contractors on site July

News reaches the Forum of Crouch End’s other grand project, Hornsey Town Hall, now moving (at long last) into the construction phase.

   (*all structural construction images courtesy Heyne Tillett Steel, planning apps)

On Friday, developer FEC issued the first of their quarterly development newsletters, announcing the scheme contractor, Ardmore Group, and a brief timeline. You can read the communication here, or alternatively sign up for updates at the HTH website. Ardmore are responsible for both the construction of the blocks of flats, and the restoration and re-purposing of the Town Hall. They have impressive form when it comes to constructing new hotels in listed buildings, including 2017’s The Ned hotel in the grade I former Midland Bank HQ on Poultry (with all the bars and restaurants you’d expect – mind you, that’s 252 rooms rather than the more modest 68 at HTH). They’re also responsible for the new Four Seasons hotel at Ten Trinity Square, and FEC’s own Dorsett Shepherds Bush. No slouches then.

Oh, and the Corinthia is one of Ardmore’s, which happens to be in the headlines as the Trump family are staying there this week (perhaps next time we’ll see Ivanka Trump in Crouch End?).

FEC and Time+Space are planning a community event on Saturday 6th July to mark the closure of the building.

Development timetable

  • July 2019 – Site handed to contractors, Ardmore. Building closes, tenants vacate.
  • Summer 2019 – Demolition of buildings in car park (including the Clinic)
  • Autumn 2019 – Construction of new build flats and TH restoration commences
  • Q2 2021 – Completion of residential buildings
  • Q3 2021 – Completion of Town Hall, hotel and arts centre open
  • We believe the new Town Hall Square will be delivered toward the end of the sequence

So, expect half the Square to disappear behind hoardings come July, and when the tower crane arrives we suspect Crouch End will finally realise something major is happening. We are also happily informed that the developer is going the extra mile for the section 106 instruction to assist the current tenants of the Town Hall as they are decanted from the building – with possible temporary premises being made available on Lynton Road.

No news yet on the requirement for FEC to set up a community liaison group for the build. We’ll report as and when such a thing comes into being – we know it’s important particularly to the immediate neighbours of the site.

Further Planning

CENF has commented frequently on HTH (read here, especially the last update here) and continues to monitor developments. Monitoring which includes planning applications, and we note the project has now filed a full 28 applications to the local planning authority, the ten most recent (last week) concerned with the discharge of planning conditions.

Do have a look – there are a number of applications that describe key structural works (for eg. HGY/2019/1443); the architectural stage 4 spec (all 298 pages of it, HGY/2019/1435); one that potentially overturns the commitment not to have a gated development (HGY/2019/1436); and others listing in painstaking detail the various heritage items still in situ (HGY/2019/1442).

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