Regeneration: The Town Hall campus - our vision

Waltham Forest Town Hall

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Background

The Town Hall Campus transformation programme is a once in a lifetime opportunity to create a new neighbourhood in the heart of the Borough, refurbish cherished historic buildings and open up the Campus to the public. In doing so, it will transform the way the Council operates and delivers services to residents.

There are three main reasons for doing this:

  1. Opening up the Town Hall Campus with a new public space and public realm so that can be enjoyed by residents, visitors and staff in Chapel End ward and the heart of the borough.
  2. To contribute much needed housing, with 50% affordable, by selling off council offices in other parts of the borough that are expensive to run, not fit for purpose, and confusing for customers who have to travel between sites.
  3. Significant investment into our historic buildings means the Grade II-listed Town Hall and Assembly Hall is protected and preserved for future generations to enjoy.

Here is a summary of the proposals:

Phase 1 (April 2020-April 2021)

  • Protecting the Grade II listed Town Hall and Assembly Hall through thoughtful and considerate renovation whilst modernising the building to enable better staff working
  • Opening up and pedestrianising the area around the fountain, replacing it with an accessible water feature that is safe and welcoming
  • Ensuring the Town Hall and Assembly Hall are fully accessible for all visitors
  • Restoring the War Memorial to its former glory with a better space for memorial events

Phase 1: What’s happening when?

The Council will select a contractor and an architecture firm to deliver the first phase of this development. They will work in close coordination with the Council to ensure a high-quality, respectful refurbishment of the Town Hall, Assembly Hall, and Fountain area.

Work will begin early next year with minimal interruption to the Town Hall and no disruption to services.

Phase 1 Resident Engagement Event

Consultation on the phase 1 proposals is now open. You can view the consultation boards below.

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We’re currently only consulting on the planning application for phase 1 of works and will reach out to you again next year for phase 2. Have a read of the proposals and let us know your thoughts

Phase 2: (late 2020 - early 2023)

  • Building over 450 new high-quality homes for local people, with 50% affordable
  • Refurbishing the existing green spaces and improving accessibility to Chestnut’s Field to create a space that is flexible and multifunctional
  • Constructing a new modern, fit for purpose civic building with retail services at ground floor for the public use
  • Bringing the majority of council employees together in one hub, seeing staff from older, less efficient Council offices across the borough move into new office space on the Town Hall Campus site.
  • Completing Hepworth’s vision of a Waltham Forest Town Hall Campus

Phase 2 : What’s happening when?

The Council has officially issued Expressions of Interest 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.

The London Development Panel (LDP2) is a select group of developers with strong track records of delivering high quality schemes.

The Council will advise when consultations and engagement sessions are happening as plans progress.

Please comment here to let us know your thoughts on the Phase 1 planning application.

The consultation closes at midnight on Friday 27 September.

Resident focus groups

We are inviting local residents to be part of a focus group to learn about your views on the Town Hall and its future plans. Your feedback will help us with our work to improve the Town Hall and develop a vision for its future. Discussion groups will take place at Waltham Forest Town Hall and we will provide light refreshments and a £25 thank you payment to cover your time and costs. The focus groups will take place on the following dates and times and each session can hold 8 – 10 people.

Tuesday 24 September, 6pm to 7.15pm and 7.30pm to 8.45pm

Wednesday 25 September, 6pm to 7.15pm and 7pm to 8.45pm

To apply to be included in these sessions please complete this short questionnaire and submit it to jenny.leighton@walthamforest.gov.uk
Deadline for responses is 5pm on Thursday 19 September. 

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If you have any questions you can get in touch with the team by first contacting

Waltham Forest Council's Communications and Engagement Manager, Jenny Leighton. Telephone: 020 8496 4273.

​Artist's impression of the proposed Town Hall campus: