Hornsey’s modernist landmark gets a face lift
In spring 2018 Rockhunter were commissioned to produce a set of marketing images for the proposed re development of Hornsey Town Hall.
The iconic modernist building, designed by New Zealand architect Reginald Uren and winner of a bronze medal by The Royal Institute of British Architecture had fallen into disrepair since its role as Hornsey Council’s HQ was relinquished in 1966.
The now grade II listed town hall has become a much loved community hub for arts and culture. Mindful of its importance to local residents Haringey council worked with Far East Consortium to create a development agreement which would future proof and ultimately enhance its role as an all inclusive arts centre.
FEC’s £30m investment to sympathetically restore the town hall will see the creation of 146 new homes, an arts centre hosting world class performances and events, a flexible workspace, hotel and rejuvenated square offering al fresco dining, market days, and regular events.
In the words of John Connolly, Head of UK Development at Far East Consortium:
“….we are honouring Hornsey Town Hall’s distinguished legacy and bringing it to new uses, creating a new destination in Crouch End. The restoration will blend culture, history, modern living and excellent amenities, giving the space the attention it deserves, allowing people to enjoy this much-loved London landmark for generations to come.”
Working closely with Make architects and FEC, Rockhunter created 25 images of the scheme showcasing the improved public realm and sensitively restored amenity spaces along with the new apartments. Bespoke modelling of many of the salvaged art deco furniture and fittings due for refurbishment was not only imperative, but also hugely enjoyable for the whole team. Projects of this notoriety are rare, and it’s a huge privelige to have been involved.