Waltham Forest Council’s development partner, Countryside, has secured planning permission to move forward with the transformation of the Town Hall Campus to create a brand-new neighbourhood and cultural hub in the heart of the borough, completing the council’s vision of a distinct, welcoming civic space and a 365-day-a-year cultural venue.
The development will continue to build on the success of the first phase of works that completed in July 2021 and saw the refurbishment of the historic Grade II listed town hall fully and the creation of Fellowship Square and a state-of-the-art water feature, which has been hugely popular with residents and visitors.
Countryside, the UK’s leading mixed-tenure developer, was selected in January 2020 as the delivery partner for the second phase redevelopment, which includes the building of 433 homes on the campus site, landscaping, and the construction of a brand-new civic building.
It will drive economic recovery in the borough and bring hundreds of new jobs to the area, including over 600 during construction and over 800 supply chain jobs, as well as nearly approximately 160 additional jobs from new commercial and community uses. There will also be a programme for schools and colleges to visit and learn about apprenticeships and training opportunities.
Phase two of the ambitious programme includes:
- Building more than 433 new, high-quality homes prioritised for local people, with a target of 50% affordable. 11% of these will be wheelchair adaptable homes
- A new Civic Building with ground floor café/restaurant space opening onto Fellowship Square
- Restoring the war memorial with a better space for memorial events
- New landscaped gardens with over 200 new trees and play facilities on Chestnuts Field
- A new crèche/nursery space
- A new shop/commercial space
This project will continue to build on the legacy of Waltham Forest’s year as the first-ever Mayor’s London Borough of Culture in 2019, by opening up the campus for public use, with opportunities for new leisure, entertainment, cultural and commercial spaces.
The residential scheme addresses the climate emergency by being car free, providing 815 secure cycle spaces, over 200 new trees planted, renewable energy through PV panels, and landscaping that promotes biodiversity and mitigates flooding.
Cllr Simon Miller, member for economic growth and housing development, said: “With the first phase delivered and the fountain and community space proving to be wildly popular with residents, we are delighted to be moving forward with this second phase of the ambitious Town Hall Campus transformation to create a brand new neighbourhood in the centre of our fantastic borough, and a truly unique civic centre that operates as a 365-day-a-year cultural venue.”
“This is an incredible opportunity to build genuinely affordable housing with 50% affordable for local residents, and bring hundreds of employment opportunities to the borough through construction, supply chain and commercial and community uses.”
Subject to a Section 106 agreement, work will start later this year with the first new homes being ready to occupy in early 2023.
As Phase Two progresses, Waltham Forest Council will continue engaging with local residents and the community to gain essential feedback on the transformation. Countryside will be working alongside the council for the remainder of the redevelopment, ending in 2024.
Image: Waltham Forest Town hall, courtesy Countryside.