This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 16/05/2017.
This is who has been appointed to build the refurbishment of Fairfield Halls
Vinci is due to start work on the structural works which will be carried out between now and the venue’s reopening in November 2018.
As well as a general refit of the halls, the work will include expanding the building to the north to create a new access onto College Green, an underground art gallery, and a new lift access system designed to accommodate the HGVs large touring acts need.
Earlier in the year, critics bemoaned an apparent lack of work on the Fairfield Halls, but the council says preparation works to remove asbestos and strip the halls of loose fixtures and fittings, including flooring ceilings and soft furnishings, started when the halls closed 10 months ago, are now complete.
The announcement comes after not-for-profit company BH Live was appointed as the operator for the halls last month, with the deal due to be finalised in the coming weeks.
Vinci Construction UK is a UK subsidiary of the French construction giant Vinci SA, the largest construction company in the world.
Vinci was involved in the construction of both Altitude 25, which at the time it was built was Croydon’s tallest tower, and the Ashburton Learning Village in Shirley Road.
Shifa Mustafa, the council’s executive director of place, said: “Vinci has a strong track record in delivering projects of this magnitude and the skills to ensure that the end result is exceptional.”
The Save Our Fairfield campaign has previously criticised the council’s decision to seek planning permission for the project before the operator was announced, arguing that the operator should be able to shape aspects of the plan to their needs.
But Ms Mustafa added that the fact BH Live have been appointed at a similar time to Vinci will allow the two companies to work together “at the earliest available opportunity” to influence and “strengthen” the design of the project.