Regeneration at the heart of Croydon's new cultural and education quarter.
Delivery Body: London Borough of Croydon
Coast to Capital LGF Allocation: £14.23m
Match Funding Contribution: £103.34m
Project Status: Delivering
Summary of Project
Fairfield Halls is south London's largest arts centre located in the heart of Croydon's new cultural and education quarter. The venue includes a playhouse and concert hall which boast the best acoustics in the UK, studio spaces and rehearsal rooms, restaurants, bars and a business lounge. The centre had originally opened in 1962 and became in need of refurbishment works. Coast to Capital recognised the importance and value of this building and the positive impact to the economy, and provided Local Growth Funding towards total project costs.
This project has brought the building back to its former glory and has ensured compliance with updated building regulations. Now open, Fairfield Halls offers large shows and concerts, putting Croydon on the map as a world competitor in its cultural provision. In addition, the project will result in new/safeguarded jobs, new housing developments, and new/refurbished commercial space. The wider impacts of this project support the local community by offering a place to visit for social events such as parent and baby groups or utilising the bar area where free concerts are held. New public realm just outside of Fairfield Halls has been created to enhance the areas look and appeal and provide space for social use such as outdoor events and markets.
With its proximity to the Croydon College building, the new space created supports students and staff by making the surrounding area more enjoyable to be around and encourages a buzz of activity that will entice the local population and visitors to make better use of the space which will, in turn support local businesses with an increase in footfall.
- 1,300 jobs
- 218 homes
- 16,000sqm refurbished commercial floor space
- 20,000 new training / learning floor space
- 52,977sqm constructed floor space