Faithful+Gould has been appointed through the Scape Framework to lead a multi-disciplinary team on the renovation of the Grade 2 listed Walworth Town Hall and Newington Library, bringing these fire damaged buildings back to life and creating a community hub at the heart of Walworth.
In March 2013 the roof and many elements of the interior of the Grade II listed building in Walworth Road were destroyed in a fire. The buildings had hosted a variety of facilities for the local community, including a local history museum, a lending library and the anthropological Cuming Collection before they were gutted by the fire.
To bring these buildings back to their former glory, Faithful+Gould is delivering an integrated service of project management, cost consultancy, CDMC and sustainability services. The project will provide services for the community including a flexible event space which will also be used for Council and Civic events, registrar services, a museum, a historic archive facility, a library, café facilities and a workspace hub, together with rooms available for community hire.
Cllr Mark Williams, cabinet member for regeneration and new homes, said: "We want to bring people together and this project will play a key role in building strong communities and civic pride in this historic neighborhood. I believe Faithful+Gould, with Avanti’s designs, are the best team to take this forward and I look forward to seeing what their final designs will be."
Plans are well underway for the new world-class civic centre to be completed in 2019.