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Mountview have just issued the following press release. Once again, the future of this amazing building is uncertain.
PRESS RELEASE 23 JANUARY 2015
ALTERNATIVE NEW HOME FOR MOUNTVIEW EXPLORED
Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts has today announced that it is to pursue an alternative site for a
Mountview has been working closely with Haringey Council and Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust to
develop plans to turn the former Hornsey Town Hall into a permanent home for the Academy. Following
an initial grant from Heritage Lottery Fund Mountview developed plans to sympathetically convert the
Grade II* listed building, as well as to create publically accessible teaching and training spaces.
The joint planning work by Mountview and Haringey Council has however demonstrated that the cost of
restoring the Town Hall, in line with English Heritage’s requirements, is beyond the organisations’
Instead, Mountview has today confirmed that it is to pursue a new project with the council close to its
current studios at the Chocolate Factory, in Wood Green’s cultural quarter.
Stephen Jameson, Mountview’s Principal and Artistic Director announced: “We were always aware that
converting a Grade II* listed building would be a significant challenge and through close planning with
Haringey it has become increasingly clear that our demands as a top-flight drama training Academy,
with a strong community outreach programme, were not an easy fit into Hornsey Town Hall.
“Encouragingly, potential alternative schemes for Mountview have been identified. Should they prove
feasible, we look forward to working with the council to develop them.
“It has been a positive experience working with Haringey and Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust and we
wish them well in finding a sustainable future for the Town Hall. We would also like to thank Heritage
Lottery Fund for their involvement and support.”
Cllr Alan Strickland, Haringey Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration, said:
“Mountview have put a tremendous amount of work into the Hornsey Town Hall project and it is a real
shame that the building is not going to work for the Mountview scheme.
“We are strongly committed to working with Mountview to help them to find an alternative high quality
permanent home in our borough. We are in active discussions with the Academy about finding a new
site in the heart of the Wood Green Cultural Quarter as part of our ambitious regeneration plans for the
“We also remain determined to secure a strong future for Hornsey Town hall. An independent options
appraisal for possible future uses of the building has been carried out and we will continue to work with
the Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust to bring it back into use and allow public access to the much-loved
Liz Sich, Chair of Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust, added: “It is obviously very disappointing that the
Mountview project at Hornsey Town Hall will no longer be going ahead as we always felt that their offer
of arts education, performance and borough-wide engagement truly reflected local expectations for this
glorious building. We were particularly impressed by Mountview’s vision for community access and use
at Hornsey Town Hall which should serve as a benchmark as the project moves forward
Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts is one of the UK's leading drama schools with 400 undergraduate
and postgraduate students studying on courses validated by the University of East Anglia and Trinity
College London and accredited by Drama UK. Mountview also offers a wide range of part-time,
community and education projects. Alumni include actors Brendan Coyle, Ken Stott and Eddie Marsan,
the writer Alecky Blythe and directors Maria Aberg, Michael Longhurst and Ed Hall.
Mountview is a registered charity. Its Board is chaired by Vikki Heywood CBE (chair of the RSA and 14-18
Now and former Chief Executive of the Royal Shakespeare Company) and includes Tony Ageh OBE, Sir
Brendan Barber, Ibinabo Jack, Andrew Parker, Paul Roberts OBE, Patrick Spottiswoode, Hamble Wallace
and Vincent Wang.
Founded in 1945 Mountview is currently celebrating its 70th anniversary.
Disgraceful. They messed around for years and ended up doing nothing. Haringey Council discouraged them from moving out of Wood Green. Crouch End will will continue to suffer from the Council's scorched earth policy in the West of the borough.