Haringey has issued a Hornsey Town Hall press release stating that “In October Haringey Council’s cabinet will decide whether a consortium led by Far East Consortium International Ltd (FEC) with its subsidiary Dorsett Hospitality and also CoPlan Estates Ltd should be the preferred bidder to invest millions of pounds to restore the historic art deco building.”
The consortium will commit to improving and maintaining the Town Hall Square, and has already been in discussions with ANA Arts Project Ltd looking at how a sustainable arts centre proposal can be developed for the site” though no news on how well the ANA talks have gone.
FEC has proposed a scheme combining community space in the historically significant parts of the Town Hall, a boutique hotel in the east and west wings of the building and cafe/restaurants at ground floor levels. These uses, along with new homes mostly concentrated on the land at the rear of the Town Hall, will guarantee Hornsey Town Hall’s future. There are further suggestions that local residents will be involved with the next stage of planning.
Meanwhile, Crouch End Labour said on their web site today, “We’ve reached a major milestone in the procurement process to secure a viable future for Hornsey Town Hall. As your local councillors we have worked hard to ensure the process provides the best opportunity to secure a future that’s financially sustainable; maintains meaningful community use of the building; and protects and enhances the Town Hall square for future generations.”