Real estate developer General Projects has been chosen as the preferred bidder to refurbish Walworth Town Hall and create a new arts, educational and community hub.
The Grade II-listed building has been empty since it was devastated by a fire in 2013, and following consultation on two proposals, Southwark Council chose General Projects to lead the scheme to transform the hall and former library space.
The project’s proposals include restoring the building to a multi-use cultural hub that offers workspaces for creative industries, as well as studios for photography and music.
This destination will also provide a community and cultural space where the former Newington Library was based, and there will be a new entrance onto Walworth Square leading to a coffee shop and bar.
Jacob Loftus, chief executive officer for General Projects, said: “Walworth Town Hall is a south London icon and we are delighted and honoured to have been given the opportunity to become its next custodian.
“We are committed to restoring the building back to its former glory, while at the same reinventing it as a new creative workspace, community and cultural hub.
“At the heart of our vision will be a series of Society Rooms, which will ensure the key historic parts of the building remain publicly accessible and provide engaging social and artistic programmes for the community around us.
“We look forward to working closely with Southwark Council and the local community to deliver a new destination building within SE17.”
Councillor Johnson Situ, cabinet member for growth, development and planning, added: “We’re really pleased to announce the preferred bidder to take forward plans to restore the Walworth Town Hall to a publically accessible cultural destination.
“We look forward to working with General Projects and the community in the coming months to build on the proposals.”
The decision to appoint General Projects was approved by the council’s cabinet last month, and the council plans to commit a £2 million grant to support the project’s extra community space.
Further public consultations through engagement sessions will take place in the near future, and until then residents can share ideas with General Projects at firstname.lastname@example.org
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