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Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts has received initial support* from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Renaissance of the Hornsey Town Hall, it was announced today. The project aims to restore and protect this important Grade II* listed building, creating a home for one of the UK’s leading drama schools and a vibrant hub of cultural and community activity at the centre of Haringey, North London.
Development funding of £482,600 has been awarded to help Mountview progress their plans to apply for a full grant at a later date.
The project aims to restore and refurbish the fabric of the building and its interiors, including the architecturally significant Council Chamber, Mayor’s Parlour, Committee Rooms and the Assembly Hall with its elegant foyer. It will create new performance and training spaces and an extensive participation and learning programme through which local, national and international groups can access the building’s rich heritage. Working in partnership with Haringey Council and the Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust, Mountview is seeking to re-animate the Town Hall, in part for its original entertainment purposes. With the help of local organisations and volunteers, the project will be supported by the development of an archive making accessible the Town Hall’s cultural, civic, architectural and social history for education purposes as well as for the public to enjoy.
Hornsey Town Hall is an iconic building in Crouch End, designed in the 1930s by architect Reginald Uren and immediately awarded a RIBA medal in recognition of its pioneering approach. Owned by Haringey Council, it was declared surplus to requirements in 2003 and has been standing empty since 2009.
Sue Robertson, Principal of Mountview, said “This is fantastic news. There is now a real chance of this important building being restored and once again filled with arts, heritage and cultural events that everyone can enjoy. A unique combination of world class vocational training with a wide range of education and community activities will bring Hornsey Town Hall back to life with added value for all. We are hugely grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for sharing our vision.”
Cllr Claire Kober, Leader of Haringey Council said “This is terrific news, both for Mountview and for Crouch End. The support from the Heritage Lottery Fund means that Mountview can press ahead with their exciting plans to transform Hornsey Town Hall into a leading drama schools which will also bring community benefits, regenerate this much-loved landmark building and bring a boost to the local economy with increased visitors and a thriving student population. We look forward to continuing to work together with Mountview and the Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust to help bring the Town Hall back into use.”
Sue Bowers, Head of HLF London, said, “Hornsey Town Hall is a wonderful heritage gem in the heart of North London and a fine example of 1930s architecture and design. The Heritage Lottery Fund support will help Mountview Academy and Haringey Council progress exciting restoration and regeneration plans that will see the Hall brought back into use for the local community.”
*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.