The vision for the future Fairfield Halls is of a place that will be a cultural destination of choice for both residents and visitors to Croydon. It should feature a wide ranging year round programme that includes high quality music, theatre and dance of national significance with a classical music strand in particular that will do justice to the refurbished concert hall. Fairfield’s programme will also be the home for key milestone cultural events for Croydon’s communities, schools and other groups such as the Croydon Schools Dance Association and the Brit School.
The building itself will be open and welcoming, a destination for socialising and networking with a mix of attractive environments for children and families, for young adults or for older visitors. There will also be conferencing as a secondary function, there to support the viability of the cultural programming and bring a broader range of visitors to the venue and the Borough.
It could also have a number of resident, partner or associate companies who would wish to make their home in what will be South London’s premier performance venue. It could also be the home for a dance hub for Croydon and a focal point for cultural production.
Following Cabinet agreement to the plans for the refurbishment of the Fairfield Halls, the Council submitted the main planning application for the Fairfield development on 24 February 2016. The planning decision is due over the summer 2016. Further to this a planning application was submitted for the demolition of the multi-storey car park in January 2016 to ensure enabling works on the site could commence from July 2016. This application was approved in March 2016 and notice has been served on NCP who are currently running the car park facility.
(from 20th June 2016 Cabinet meeting, agenda item 10)