Mixed use, refurbishment, heritage and new build
Tottenham Town Hall, a Grade II listed historic building, is undergoing refurbishment by affordable homes charity Newlon Housing Trust as part of a major redevelopment project. In a 2-phase project 110 new affordable homes, including shared ownership and socially rented, as well as new business and community facilities, will be built on the Clyde Road depot site just behind the hall.
The Edwardian Town Hall, a well-known sight in south Tottenham thanks to its baroque architecture, is to be renovated, with the ornate Moselle Room kept for community use. The Town Hall opened in November 1905 and has been witness to more than a century of history. The first stage of the project involves the partial demolition and refurbishment of the Town Hall.
'The nature of the existing structure had to be determined to inform the detailed design, particularly the lift installation and the internal remodelling works.'
Works include repairs to the existing slate roof, installation of a new lift shaft, new toilets and considerable remodelling of the internal layouts to provide flexible commercial units. The 1930s rear extension is being completely removed and a new brickwork skin added to the existing flank wall.
Phase 1 presents varied engineering challenges. The nature of the existing structure had to be determined to inform the detailed design, particularly the lift installation and the internal remodelling works. Historical steelwork design references were used to check the load capacity of the large Moselle Room floor to ensure suitability as an events room to accommodate 200 people.
Phase 2 (due to commence in mid-August 2011) involves the construction of 110 units on land to the rear of the Town Hall. This area is currently occupied by a variety of dilapidated buildings of various ages, including a submerged 1950s Cold War control bunker.
Challenges here include retaining the front façade of the two-storey Range Building to meet planning conditions. This will require the use of traditional strip footings on the new accommodation to match the existing retained façade. Underpinning of the façade foundations is needed to harmonise foundation depths in this area.
The new accommodation built during this phase is split into three blocks which vary from two to five storeys in height. The taller blocks will be of reinforced concrete construction using flat slabs throughout; the two- and three-storey buildings will be in traditional construction.