Fairfield Halls to be redeveloped as it looks to rival London venues
Croydon arts venue Fairfield Halls is to be redeveloped as part of a major transformation of the building and its surrounding area.
Croydon Council, which is overseeing the development, said it hoped the project would create “a cultural and educational offer to rival London’s best”.
Fairfield Halls’ 1,800-seat concert hall will be refurbished to include new seating and modernised backstage and service areas.
New flexible performance spaces will be created in the building, which also houses the 755-seat Ashcroft Theatre.
It is proposed that the venue will be closed for the entirety of the project, which is expected to get underway in late 2016. The total cost of the redevelopment is still being finalised.
Croydon Council leader Tony Newman said: “Croydon is proud of Fairfield’s heritage but it’s time to look to the future. This ambitious borough wants to provide a cultural and educational offer to rival London’s best.
“We want to return the Fairfield to its former glory by creating a contemporary venue and cultural quarter that will attract artists and entertainers from across the globe.”
The local authority’s plans for the project also include the creation of new facilities for Croydon College and the regeneration of the surrounding College Green area.
Croydon College will benefit from new facilities to its higher and further education faculties, which include the performing arts and music.
The project is being designed by Rick Mather Architects, which was behind the recent regeneration of the Lyric Hammersmith.
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