Far East Consortium tops out new residential apartment block at North London landmark, Hornsey Town Hall

Developer Far East Consortium (FEC), along with its contractor Ardmore and Make Architects, celebrate an important construction milestone with the topping out of new residential block, Uren building, at Hornsey Town Hall in Crouch End.

The building’s name takes inspiration from the New Zealand-born architect Reginald Uren who designed the original Town Hall, which completed in 1935 and is now recognised as one of the earliest and most iconic examples of modernist architecture in Britain.

Held on Tuesday 1st June on the rooftop of the five-storey building, the largest of the new residential apartment blocks to be built within the historic grounds of Hornsey Town Hall, the topping out ceremony marked a major step forward in FEC’s plans to deliver a new residential community alongside a vibrant mixed-use development.

Present from FEC were John Connolly, Head of UK Development, Nick Poon, Head of Projects and Scott Lau, Senior Project Manager, who were joined by Directors James Byrne and Joe Pitt from Ardmore, Katy Ghahremani from Make Architects and Paul Stanley from Coplan.

Picture taken from the top of the Uren Building at Hornsey Town Hall with views of Alexandra Palace. From left to right: Nick Poon, Joe Pitt, Katy Ghahremani, James Byrne, John Connolly, Paul Stanley, Scott Lau.

John Connolly, Head of UK Development at Far East Consortium comments, “We are delighted to have reached this important construction milestone for the local community and the residents who plan to make Hornsey Town Hall their home. This milestone is testament to the hard work of the FEC team, Ardmore, Make Architects and of all our partners to deliver a landmark scheme that represents the future of how we want to live. New apartments will sit alongside buildings of significant history and heritage to create a place where people come together to live, work, socialise and enjoy the best that a neighbourhood has to offer.”

The Uren building, which comprises 82 of the development’s total 135 new one, two and three-bedroom apartments, is set to handover in November 2021. The remaining 53 apartments will be located throughout Ayres building, a new build block due to handover in February 2022, a Mews building and a carefully restored Grade II listed Broadway Annex, also in the Town Hall grounds.

Uren building’s striking facade, with layered brickwork and carefully crafted geometric metal balustrades, reflects the iconic Art Deco features and modernist aesthetic of the Town Hall. The building is made up of four linked pavilions stretching from Haringey Park towards Weston Park. Patterned balcony balustrades punctuate the bold brick facade, and the balconies provide each of the 82 apartments with their own private outdoor space. From the top floors of this block many of the residents will be able to enjoy views of Alexandra Palace and the North London skyline.

Inside the apartments, interiors will reflect the history and spirit of Hornsey Town Hall with Art Deco detailing and features, such as, replica door handles, chevon timber flooring and terrazzo-inspired kitchen worktop surfaces.

The iconic Grade II* listed Hornsey Town Hall and Town Hall Square are currently being fully restored to their former glory and will be delivered back to the community in 2022 complete with a new Arts Centre, co-working hub, and hotel with rooftop bar and terrace.

The Uren building

Nick Poon, Head of Projects at Far East Consortium says, “The Uren building is a great example of how we are seamlessly blending old with new to create beautiful spaces that reflect modern living, whilst respecting the past. Being able to bring Hornsey Town Hall’s rich history and stand out architecture into the design of the new blocks has remained our focus throughout the build and restoration. We are so pleased to be one step closer to completion and able to show Crouch End’s community the progress we’re making.”

Joe Pitt, Director on behalf of Ardmore comments, “To reach a landmark on a project of this local importance, with so much legacy attached to Hornsey Town Hall, is a real achievement and we look forward to delivering the rest of the scheme to the highest of standards so that people can start enjoying everything this development has to offer.”

As well as the topping out of Uren building, restoration of the iconic Town Hall has continued, with Ardmore replacing the roof structure above the Council Chambers and Assembly Hall, whilst internal structural works to the Assembly Hall and west wing are underway. Last month also saw good progress being made on all rooms from the ground to second floor in the Town Hall’s east wing extension and work continues on the Mews and Broadway Annex.

Prices start from £505,950 for a one-bedroom apartment and £664,950 for a two-bedroom apartment. Apartments under the government’s Help to Buy scheme will soon be available for first time buyers.

For information on Hornsey Town Hall please email info@hornsey-townhall.co.uk or visit www.hornsey-townhall.co.uk.

For information on FEC please visit www.fecil.uk.

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