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Please see below the text of a press release from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. It is expected that Mountview will be granted a 125 year lease on the Hornsey Town Hall in return for refurbishing it, using a mix of their own, public and Haringey money.
This appointment follows the appointment of architect John McAslan + Partners (JMP) followed by Bennetts Associates about 2 years later. Maybe Purcell will remain in favour until something actually happens.
PURCELL APPOINTED TO LEAD HORNSEY TOWN HALL RESTORATION
Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts has announced today the appointment of RIBA award-winning
architects Purcell to lead the design team for the redevelopment of the iconic Hornsey Town Hall
in Crouch End. Today’s good news follows on from successfully securing initial support, including a
development grant of £482,000, from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) last year.
Purcell has over six decades of experience, with an excellent record working on comparable heritage
and arts projects, notably St Paul’s Cathedral, the National Maritime Museum and Theatre Royal
Haymarket. Their work on the Florence Institute in Liverpool was awarded the RIBA North West
Conservation Award and the Construction Heritage Award this year. This appointment comes as the
result of a Europe-wide tender process (OJEU) ensuring best practice in the recruitment of design teams
for major projects. The selection panel included representatives of Mountview’s Board and Haringey
Mountview’s Chairman, Vikki Heywood CBE, commented “we are absolutely delighted to be working
with Purcell whose experience of the restoration and redevelopment of heritage buildings is first
class. They bring with them a talented and experienced design team including Theatreplan who will
work closely with us to design bespoke theatre spaces for student and other performance work. This
appointment marks a huge step forward for our planned move to Hornsey Town Hall.”
The design team will be led by Mark Hammond, a Partner at Purcell, and includes Associate Architect
Liz Smith who is a Crouch End resident. Also part of the team are structural engineers Ramboll, The
Landscape Partnership and access consultant Access=Design.
Mark Hammond said “this landmark building demands a use that reconnects it with the life of Crouch
End and Mountview will provide this. We are thrilled to be selected to deliver this project.” Liz Smith
added “as a local resident of Crouch End I’ve admired this wonderful building for years and so am
delighted to now be able to play my part in this exciting project to breathe new life into it.”
The appointment of Purcell is a key moment in this transformational project to refurbish a distinguished
Grade II* listed building as a new home for Mountview and bring it back to life for arts, cultural and
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Hornsey Town Hall
Hornsey Town Hall was constructed in 1934, a RIBA award-winning design by acclaimed architect
Reginald Uren. It is on the Buildings at Risk register. In 2011 Haringey Council agreed to support
Mountview’s proposal to restore the Grade II* listed building and to make the Hornsey Town Hall
its new home. Heads of Terms have been signed, based on the Council providing a 125-year lease to
Mountview at a peppercorn rent and plans are now being further tested and developed.
Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts
One of the UK's leading drama schools for acting, musical theatre and theatre production arts,
Mountview is based in Wood Green in north London. It is a registered charity and a company limited
by guarantee. It currently has a student body of around 400 undergraduate and postgraduate students,
studying on courses validated by the University of East Anglia (UEA) or Middlesex University and
accredited by Drama UK. It also offers a wide range of part-time, community and education projects.
For over six decades Purcell has been involved in the care and development of some of the best-loved
buildings and places in the UK and abroad. The award-winning practice has studios covering the UK
and Asia Pacific and offers funding and planning advice, heritage consultancy, building conservation
expertise and architectural design to unlock each building’s potential and ensure high quality solutions.
The OJEU process
OJEU is the Official Journal of the European Union (previously called OJEC - the Official Journal of the
European Community). According to EU legislation all tenders from the public sector which are valued
above a certain financial threshold must be listed in this publication. The legislation covers organisations
and projects that receive public money.
Heritage Lottery Funding
HLF initial support, or a first-round pass, means the project meets HLF criteria for funding and HLF
believes the project has potential to deliver high-quality benefits and value for Lottery money. The
application was in competition with other supportable projects, so a first-round pass is an endorsement
of outline proposals. Having been awarded a first-round pass, the project now has up to two years to
submit fully developed proposals to compete for a firm award.
On occasion, an applicant with a first-round pass will also be awarded development funding towards the
development of their scheme. Having been awarded a first-round pass, the project now has up to May
2014 to submit fully-developed proposals to compete for a full award (£3.3million).