Regeneration: Fellowship Square

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The Fellowship Square programme is a once in a lifetime opportunity to create a new neighbourhood and cultural centre in the heart of the borough. Located on the town hall site on Forest Road, the programme will refurbish and regenerate the much-loved historic buildings that make up the town hall complex and open up the site to the community. In doing so, it will transform the way the Council operates and delivers services to Waltham Forest residents.

Fellowship Square is a key part of the Council’s plans to ensure economic recovery following the Covid-19 pandemic and build confidence and resilience in the local economy and its wider London context.

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Fellowship Square will build on the legacy of Waltham Forest being the first ever Mayor’s London Borough of Culture in 2019. It will provide opportunities for new leisure, entertainment and learning spaces, shops and cafes, and provide jobs for local people and brand new, affordable homes prioritised for Waltham Forest residents.

Take a look at the resident consultation boards from a recent consultation event, where you can read about the history and heritage of the site, the background of the Fellowship Square project, and the current proposals.

Check out the latest timelaspe video to see how the construction is taking shape.

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Fellowship Square will be delivered in two phases:

Phase 1: from June 2020

The Council received approval to deliver the first phase of the development following consultation with residents. (The Planning Committee minutes can be found on the Democracy website) A contractor and architect have been appointed to work closely with the Council to ensure a high-quality, respectful refurbishment of the town hall buildings and fountain area.

The key aims of this phase are:

  • Protect the Grade II listed town hall buildings through thoughtful and considerate renovation, while modernising the building to enable better staff working
  • Open up the area around the fountain and make it pedestrian-friendly, replacing it with an accessible, safe and welcoming water feature. Download FAQs about the Town Hall fountain.
  • Ensure the town hall and assembly hall are fully accessible for all visitors
  • Restore the war memorial to its former glory with a better space for memorial events

Read more about Phase 1.

Phase 2: late 2020 to early 2023

In January 2020, the Council announced leading UK developer Countryside as the delivery partner for phase 2 of the Fellowship Square project. Read more about this partnership.

The key aims of this phase are:

  • Build more than 450 new, high-quality homes prioritised for local people, with a target of 50% affordable
  • Regenerate the existing green spaces and improve accessibility to Chestnut’s Field to create a flexible, multi-use space
  • Create a modern, fit for purpose civic building with retail services on the ground floor that are open to the public
  • Bring the majority of council officers together into new office space for more efficient working

Further consultations with residents will take place in support of phase 2.

We would like to find out about your priorities for a new civic space that serves the community.

You can comment on the open spaces, access, movement, and activities you would like to see happening in and around Fellowship Square to help shape it into your future civic space. Our outdoor spaces are now more important than ever. Your priorities and ideas can help shape the future of this new neighbourhood at the heart of the borough.

  1. Have a look at the current design principles
  2. Go to the Fellowship Square engagement website, where you can discover all the ways to have your say, get involved, and find out what’s happening
  3. Click on the interactive map to share the uses and activities you would like to see.

In the coming months there will be many ways for people to get involved and have a say on the design proposals as they develop. Keep up to date by signing up to the Fellowship Square blog.

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For more information, contact Project Manager John Cattermole at John.Cattermole@walthamforest.gov.uk

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Download FAQs about parking and road access

Since the Covid-19 outbreak, all staff and contractors are operating under revised health and safety protocols in compliance with government guidance around social distancing and with advice from the Construction Leadership Group. If you have concerns about anything happening on the site, please contact the contractor on the advertised number or email, and if the problem persists, please contact London Borough of Waltham Forest Council.