Leading developer Far East Consortium (FEC) has teamed up with Make Architects for its latest development the transformation of Hornsey Town Hall. The iconic Grade II* Listed former civic headquarters in the heart of Crouch End, is currently undergoing meticulous restoration, creating a new residential destination that combines history, culture and modern living.
The revival of this iconic landmark includes the restoration of the Town Hall into an arts and work space for the community, a new hotel, along with 135 new homes in the Town Hall grounds. Make Architects have ensured the historic buildings are being brought that back to their former glory and the new build element of the scheme captures the spirit and style of Hornsey Town Hall.
Angela Walsh, Sales & Marketing Director at Far East Consortium, comments:
“From the very beginning we were committed to honouring Hornsey Town Hall’s distinguished legacy, whilst bringing it into the 21st Century. Make Architects were the perfect choice to ensure the synergy of the old and new worked and making sure the new build apartments reflected key features in the existing building. Once transformed this stunning development will be a new destination to live, work and play – for all to use and enjoy.”
Katy Ghahremani, Partner Make at Architects, adds:
“We were delighted to be appointed to work on such an important part of London’s heritage. Hornsey Town Hall is one of the earliest examples of modernist architecture in Britain. We studied archived photographs and drawings to create a design that is in keeping with Reginald Uren’s originals. Our plans focus on all elements of the build internally and externally, with carefully thought out architectural influences and detail incorporated in both the transformation of the historic part and the exterior design and internal specification of the new build apartments.”
The collection of studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments are spread across two newly built blocks, a mews building and a carefully restored Broadway annex in the Town Hall grounds. Make Architects has ensured that the new buildings capture the spirit and style of Hornsey Town Hall, which will be evident in the facdes, where layered brickwork and carefully crafted geometric metal balustrades come together to reflect the Town Hall’s original Art Deco features and modernist aesthetic along with the distinctive concrete pattern from the Hornsey Library.
Inside, the apartments will be fitted in accordance to the original Art Deco detailing, including features such as replica door handles, chevron timber flooring, terrazzo-inspired surfaces, Art Deco style bathroom lighting, metal balustrade balcony detailing, referencing the distinctive 1930s décor present throughout the Town Hall.
Hornsey Town Hall was built in 1935 to house Hornsey Borough Council. In its new life Hornsey Town Hall will provide an extremely rare opportunity to live in a new development adjacent to a building which is steeped in history, where many of the original features remain untouched.
Ideal for Londoners seeking a new destination to live, work and play, Hornsey Town Hall will provide a wide range of community spaces, creating an exceptional lifestyle opportunity. A new Arts Centre, which will be run by The Time + Space Co, will provide first class performance arts, co-working and flexible workspaces, restaurants and cafés, versatile event spaces. A new hotel, operated by Dorsett Hospitality International will be situated within the original Town Hall building and 135 new studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments will be situated in the grounds of the Town Hall.
The homes will be finished to the highest standard throughout, with some featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and chevron timber flooring which has been designed in keeping with the original flooring in the Town Hall. Most will feature balconies, terraces or gardens, opening up from either the living areas or master bedrooms. Designer kitchens will feature fully integrated appliances and state of the art amenities for cooking and storage, while bathrooms will offer a contemporary take on Hornsey Town Hall’s modernist aesthetic.
Original features in the Town Hall Square such as the iconic fountain and the period street lighting will be restored, with the central green space enhanced. Soft planting will bring bursts of colour and integrated seating will border the lawn and existing mature trees.
Lining the square, cafés and restaurants will serve al fresco diners and local traders and stall owners will set up shop on market day, creating a vibrant, inclusive space for generations to come.
Crouch End is well connected to London and beyond. Stopping outside Town Hall Square, the W7 bus runs to Finsbury Park Underground Station in 12 minutes, with connections into central London via the Victoria line, and National Rail services across the country. The number 41 bus also reaches the Northern Line at Archway station in 14 minutes.