Croydon Council has submitted a detailed planning application for the £750m regeneration project, which will see a revitalised Fairfield Halls and a new purpose-built college at the heart of a vibrant arts and educational quarter.
The proposals follow last week’s announcement of a new deal between the council and Fairfield (Croydon) Ltd to work together on a programme that will see the venue close on 15 July.
The two-year closure will allow for the £30m transformation of the ageing Fairfield Halls into a spectacular arts and cultural centre, which will include refurbishment of the entire venue from public spaces, restaurants and bars through to heating and lighting and back stage areas that will mean hugely improved facilities for visiting acts.
Technical improvements will open the way for more contemporary productions to be staged and fresh experiences for audiences. The venue will also gain new bar areas, a roof-top seating and dining space, and the outside of the building will be reconfigured with improved integration into the surrounding public areas, which will be landscaped, with spaces for public art, cafés and shops.
Art-lovers will also find 2,000 sq. metres of gallery space in a brand new underground venue that will offer opportunities for large-scale contemporary exhibitions to be displayed.