Stoke Newington Town Hall\

A new lease of life for one of Hackney's best-loved buildings

The re-opening of the Town and Assembly Hall after years of neglect has made this the most popular building in Hackney.

The Challenge

Through a long term Framework Agreement, we are working closely with the London Borough of Hackney's Service First Project Team and its Executive Board to deliver the Council's Accommodation Strategy. The programme of re-development includes the extension, restoration and rationalisation of Hackney Town Hall, Stoke Newington's civic buildings, and the construction of new office buildings at Hilman Street.

Stoke Newington Town Hall and Assembly Hall are Grade II Listed designs by J. Reginald Truelove. The buildings had fallen into disrepair and the Chamber and Assembly Hall had been closed for over 10 years, depriving the local community of much loved and needed facilities.

The Big Idea

Through incisive, yet sensitive interventions with the historic fabric, we have helped bring the building back to life. A further driver was to significantly improve the energy efficiency of the building, gaining a BREEAM Very Good rating, which is high for the refurbishment of a listed building. Sensitively installed modern facilities enable the public to be entertained, congregate and celebrate in this venue as they did during the mid 20th Century.

In 2011 the scheme received a Civic Trust Commendation and in 2010 it received a Gold Award in the Wood Awards, as well as the top award in the Hackney Design Awards.

“Sensitive and clever restoration in an accomplished manner.”

FX Awards 2010 Jury

Working From the Inside Out

Both the design team and Hackney Council wanted to uncover the former glory and prestige of this building and in doing so reinstate a sense of civic pride in the building. This was achieved by sensitively restoring the existing timber paneling and parquet floors and contrasting them with warm plum coloured fabrics and carpeting. Existing light fittings were retained and upgraded with new lamps and control systems. Modern flexible furniture was chosen to allow for many different functions from tea dances and weddings to bingo nights and ballet performances.

“Hackney Council is delighted that the restoration of Stoke Newington Town Hall has been successfully completed, bringing back into the heart of the community a well loved and much missed landmark.”

Tim Shields, Hackney Council Chief Executive

Project Summary


  • GAIA Architectural Ironmongery Specification Awards 2011 - Winner
  • Civic Trust Awards 2011 - Commendation
  • Building Design Awards 2011 - Public Building Architect of the Year - Shortlisted
  • The Wood Awards 2010 - Gold Award - Winner
  • The Wood Awards 2010 - Conservation/Restoration - Winner
  • WAN Awards 2010 - Civic Buildings - Shortlisted
  • Hackney Design Awards 2010 - Winner
  • FX International Interior Design Awards 2010 - Shortlisted
  • AJ Retrofit Awards 2010 - Shortlisted

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