The reopening of Croydon’s Fairfield Halls following a £30 million refurbishment has been delayed until September 2019 – around a year later than originally expected.
Originally hoped to be completed towards the end of 2018, the redevelopment includes a revamp of the arts complex’s 1,800-seat concert hall, and the demolition of a multi-storey car park to build 218 new homes, a new college, a 2,000 square-metre art gallery, new shops and office space.
Now the reopening date for Fairfield Halls has been pushed back to September 2019, when a full programme of events will launch, with a number of showcase events to be held from spring 2019.
A spokesman for Croydon Council said that the delay was due to it being a “massive project on a very complex building”, which required lots of asbestos to be removed.
Oliver Lewis, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport at Croydon Council, said: “We’re investing £30 million in the refurbishment of the Fairfield Halls and putting culture at the heart of our regeneration.
“There will be showcase events held at the venue from spring 2019 before a full programme launches in September.
“We would have loved for it to be open earlier but it’s a massive job to restore the Fairfield to its former glory and we’re putting quality first.”
New operators BH Live, who were appointed to run the arts complex last year, did not wish to comment further.