This London Society tour takes us to the Fairfield Halls in the heart of the London Borough of Croydon.
This renowned concert venue has recently had a major refurbishment that reinstated many of the original features from the 1962 modernist building, while creating sustainable, inspiring spaces that will benefit the community for generations to come.
Fairfield Halls’ historic Concert Hall, Ashcroft Theatre, foyer and front and back of house areas have all been modernised, and there are new multi-function and gallery spaces, a community café and an improved public external realm.
The tour will showcase the building’s architectural, engineering and sustainability highlights, with engineers and designers from Max Fordham who were involved in the refurbishment project.
Max Fordham provided M&E Engineering, Acoustic, Lighting and BREEAM services for the Halls. All new, energy efficient building services had to be carefully integrated into the historic fabric, with a new energy centre providing a district heat network for both Fairfield Halls and the adjacent future Fairfield Homes development.
The concert hall retains the highly regarded acoustics of the original auditorium, while motorised acoustic banners improve flexibility for different types of performance. The new ventilation system with heat recovery, mechanical cooling, improved controls and air distribution has bespoke noise control to achieve very low noise levels, resulting in a crystal-clear acoustic in the hall.
The overarching ambition in re-lighting Fairfield Halls was to restore the original character of the venue while minimising energy costs and increasing flexibility and control; Max Fordham created bespoke lighting fixtures, both by refurbishing and adapting what was already on site, and by designing new lights based on old photographs and archive evidence.
This will be a fascinating tour of one of outer London’s most important venues, and will highlight how retrofitting can offer improvements while extending the life of historic buildings.Hosted by Dr Neil Smith, Edmund Chan, Hazel Selby of Max Fordham LLP, and Gladys Ching, MICA Architects, the tour will showcase the building’s architectural, engineering and sustainability highlights.
Photo © MICA architects
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