A year since its closure, and there’s no perceptible signs outside the Fairfield Halls of much in the way of progress in its £30million redevelopment project.
But Timothy Godfrey, the council’s cabinet member for arts and culture, says that, with the interior carefully cleared, the pace of change to refit Croydon’s major arts centre is about to accelerate in the next few months.
Councillors were taken on guided tours of the building yesterday, while BH Live, who were recently appointed to operate the venue once it re-opens – which is expected to be in late 2018 – have spent a day with their team at the building understanding what tweaks they want to make to their fit out plans in terms of the theatre and concert halls’ technical operation, catering and hospitality operations.
Vinci, the main building contractor, is now on site.
“Vinci are quite happy with the requirements of the refurbishment and new build elements to the timescales that have been set out,” Councillor Godfrey told Inside Croydon.
“The building is a long way through the project already. It’s completely stripped out, all ready for the new finishes, new heating, new electrics, new plumbing, roofing, windows, cladding and so forth to be installed.”
Inside Croydon’s loyal reader has remarked that, when passing the Halls – which include the concert hall, Ashcroft Theatre and Arnhem Gallery – they have not been able to notice any discernible activity on the site.
“I’m pleased residents are keen to see progress,” Godfrey said, “but it’s important not to rush this project and ensure it’s done properly.
“That’s why I’m pleased we’ve chosen to use high-quality contractors throughout the process, from Mott Macdonald to Vinci.
“It’s a £30million refurbishment that I’m sure will thrill residents in only a few months’ time.”
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