Revitalising Camden Town Hall

Revitalising Camden Town Hall

As our focal democratic and civic building, the grade II listed town hall is hugely important to us. However, at almost 80 years-old it is in need of significant refurbishment to bring it back to its former glory. We want to modernise the town hall while preserving its history.

If we secure planning permission, the town hall will close for three years from mid-2018 while we undertake a major refit, improve its sustainability and environmental performance, reduce long-term running costs and transform the way we use some of the space.

We will take the opportunity to modernise our democratic meetings and processes – harnessing the potential of new technology to improve/increase access and match modern expectations.

This work will improve access to our democratic decision-making meetings – and ensure even more people have an opportunity to get involved in our democracy in new and different ways.

Our registrars’ facilities will see significant improvements too. We will create a new wedding suite along with refurbished spaces for registering births, marriages and deaths and other functions.

We will turn the basement into an incubation space for local business start-ups - giving a helping hand to some of our most pioneering local businesses and supporting our Camden plan ambitions by helping develop innovation and entrepreneurship across the borough.

The 2nd and 3rd floors will be remodelled and leased as business office space targeted at organisations within Camden’s growth sectors such as creative industries, science and technology. The Camden Centre space will also be commercially leased to generate additional income.

Finding new ways of doing things

We are facing our toughest financial challenge. By 2018/19 our like-for-like funding from central government will have been cut in half and we will have had £171 million cut from our budget.

The town hall is old, inefficient and expensive to run. By refurbishing it and letting out some floors we expect to save up to £1m in running costs.

Leasing the currently unused space in the town hall will provide us with a long-term income stream to support our investment – alongside enhancing the local economy and creating employment opportunities

What is in the town hall?

Camden Town Hall is our principal civic and democratic building. It houses the Mayor’s Office, Council Chamber, Committee Rooms and Councillors’ offices, together with support services for Councillors and some public-facing services, including registrars and electoral services.

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