Croydon’s 1960s Fairfield Halls will be refurbished by Vinci Construction UK in a £30m deal.
Brick by Brick, Croydon Council’s private development company, has appointed the contractor to lead the refurbishment of Fairfield Halls into a new concert and events venue.
The refurbishment is part of the first phase of Croydon’s College Green development, which will see Fairfield Halls and the area next to East Croydon station developed into a new centre for arts, education and culture.
Vinci will start work on site in May 2017, following the completion of enabling works. The venue is expected to re-open in late 2018.
New seating and modernised backstage and servicing areas will be built, with the rest of the 1962 building including the Ashcroft Theatre to be refurbished to create performance, arts and conference spaces.
A mezzanine-level restaurant, bar and seating areas will be added on the ground floor and a glazed extension will be built onto the College Green public space.
The project team also includes Rick Mather Architects, Gleeds and Mott MacDonald.
Brick By Brick chief executive Colm Lacey said: “The transformation of Fairfield Halls is fundamental to defining Croydon as a place where people want to live, work and visit.
“The work will reveal and celebrate the heritage aspects of the building while also creating a new cultural offer befitting the ambition of the town.”