Waltham Forest Council officially launches Town Hall Campus Redevelopment

13 March 2019
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  • Expressions of Interest have been  issued via the London Development Panel (LDP2) to select a Delivery Partner to work with the Council to redevelop the iconic Town Hall Campus and deliver a new neighbourhood
  • Scope includes more than 450 new homes on the Town Hall site and adjacent Willow House site
  • Construction of a new modern, fit for purpose civic block with comprehensive landscaping across the site

The London Borough of Waltham Forest is embarking on an exciting, challenging and high profile programme of work as part of its ‘Creating Futures’ corporate strategy. The council is transforming its civic campus as part of an ambitious regeneration programme and service transformation plan.

The plans to transform the historic Waltham Forest Town Hall Campus into a thriving neighbourhood at the heart of Chapel End ward are now gathering pace – with the council officially launching plans to move forward with the procurement process.

The Town Hall Campus plan will see staff from ten older, less efficient council offices across the borough move into new office space on the Town Hall Campus site. The land unlocked by this move, and land gained by demolishing the Magistrates will then be used for much needed housing, with 50% affordable. Significant investment into our historic buildings means the Grade II-listed Town Hall, Assembly Hall and fountain is protected and preserved for future generations to enjoy.

The council is looking to partner with a developer to ensure it makes the best use of its corporate estate while also improving its efficiency. Expressions of Interest have been invited via the London Development Panel (LDP2), to a select group of developers with strong track records of delivering high quality schemes.

Initial plans revealed in 2017 have been revised and reflect community feedback following a series of public events and drop-in sessions. In line with Council priorities to provide a decent roof over residents’ heads and to improve their life chances, the Council increased the number of homes by over 150 and from 35 to 50% per cent affordable housing. The revised plan also safeguards the green space of the Town Hall Campus so that it can act as a focal point for events and concerts.

Cllr Clare Coghill, Leader of Waltham Forest Council, said: “This is a once in a lifetime project and will truly change the way we work for the benefit of our community, customers, colleagues and the council. The redeveloped Town Hall campus will be a one-stop shop for our residents, and a single site from which the majority of council staff can work.

“The Town Hall and neighbouring Assembly Hall are iconic and architectural treasures. We want a Delivery Partner that recognises the value and importance of this site to the community, and understands our vision to protect and preserve them, while welcoming ways to modernise the site and open it up for residents, staff and visitors. This is a fantastic opportunity to realise the full potential of this wonderful borough.”

Waltham Forest has an exemplar One Public Estate Programme, receiving £680,000 from Central Government’s programme last month. The money received is the highest allocation in the country and will be put towards projects in Waltham Forest, including the Town Hall Campus redevelopment.

The new flexible workspace on the Town Hall Campus will host council staff, staff from public sector partners and small businesses such as local coffee roasters Perky Blenders, who have already opened a new café in The Magistrates. This is a key element of the council’s ambitious Creating Futures strategy which aims to transform the way services are delivered for the benefit of residents.