6 NEWS MUNICIPAL Make restores modernist town hall

Hong Kong-based developer Far East Consortium (FEC) has teamed up with Make Architects to transform Hornsey Town Hall in central London. The iconic Grade II* Listed former civic headquarters in the heart of Crouch End is being restored to create a new residential destination that “combines history, culture and modern living,” said the architects. The restoration will turn the town hall

into a community arts and work space, plus a new hotel, along with 135 new homes in the grounds. Make Architects “have ensured the historic buildings are being brought back to their former glory, and the new build element of the scheme captures the spirit and style of Hornsey Town Hall”. A collection of studio, one, two and

three bedroom apartments are spread across two newly built blocks, a mews building and the carefully restored ‘Broadway annex’ in the grounds. Make


FaulknerBrowns’ student building gets green light

Middlesbrough Council has approved plans for a new Student Life Building designed by FaulknerBrowns Architects for Teesside University. The proposals will consolidate all student-facing support, wellbeing and information services within a central location at the heart of the Middlesbrough campus to improve accessibility and the overall student experience. The project forms part of Teesside University’s 10 year masterplan and estates strategy, developed in conjunction with FaulknerBrowns. The building, to be constructed by

Willmott Dixon, will house a range of student-centred and student-led spaces in a “technology-enabled environment, supporting a variety of learning styles, activities and attendance patterns,” said FaulknerBrowns. It will offer a range

of flexible spaces, enabling social and collaborative learning, as well as an information zone, consulting rooms, ‘syndicate rooms’, accommodation for student welfare, disability services and a cafe. The proposed site occupies a pivotal

location within the university – facing onto the campus heart adjacent to the existing student centre which has been recently refurbished to provide the new home for the university’s business school. The predominantly open plan student-

focused spaces are accommodated within a simple ‘glass box’ that wraps around the west side of the building. The more private spaces are contained within a solid element to the east side of the building. This conceptual diagram is “overlaid

with a layered approach to privacy,” said the architects, which focuses the active spaces to the ground floor of the building and locates the more sensitive areas on the levels above. This ensures that facilities and services are visible and easily accessible whilst retaining appropriate privacy levels. The student-focused area is articulated

by a number of double height spaces created by a series of alternating floorplates and voids between the meeting rooms on the levels above. Meeting pods have been designed to allow for future flexibility, doors and windows carefully positioned to provide the required levels of privacy and daylight, whilst being coordinated with the internal partitions when subdivided. Paul Crowther, project leader at

FaulknerBrowns, said: “The scheme offers a unique opportunity to help the university realise the aspirations of their strategic estates masterplan, while delivering a student-focused space that puts wellbeing and support at the heart of the both the campus and the student experience.”

Architects commented that the style of Hornsey Town Hall will be evident in the facades, where “layered brickwork and carefully crafted geometric metal balustrades come together to reflect the Town Hall’s original Art Deco features and modernist aesthetic along with the distinctive concrete pattern from the Hornsey Library”. Original features in the Town Hall

Square such as the fountain and the period street lighting will be restored, and the central green space enhanced. Lining the square will be a selection of cafes and restaurants and local traders and stall owners will set up shop on market day, creating a “vibrant, inclusive space for generations to come”. Katy Ghahremani, partner at Make

Architects, said, “We were delighted to be appointed to work on such an important part of London’s heritage. Hornsey Town Hall is one of the earliest examples of

modernist architecture in Britain. We studied archived photographs and drawings to create a design that is in keeping with Reginald Uren’s originals.” Ghahremani continued: “Our plans

focus on all elements of the build internally and externally, with carefully thought out architectural influences and detail incorporated in both the transformation of the historic part and the exterior design and internal specification of the new build apartments.”



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