Originally opened in 1962, Fairfield Halls has been a cultural hub in Croydon for over 50 years but had been left in varying states of disrepair. Planned maintenance had struggled to stem accelerating deterioration and there was an urgent need for restoration of the venue. Sitting at the heart of the proposed ‘Croydon Cultural Quarter’, the refurbishment of this celebrated venue has been led by MICA Architects. Their approach has been to restore the iconic architecture whilst modernising in line with the original design intentions.
With an emphasis of revealing heritage items, the works has provided a more transparent entrance and connection to the street. Light now floods into the cascading foyer and modernisation works has increased the flexibility and functionality of all spaces. The £42 million pound scheme has rescued this much-loved venue. New accommodation has benefitted both front and back of house facilities, whilst creating a reinvigorated cultural and commercial offer.
Shadbolt assisted the refurbishment with the manufacture and supply of a host of FSC certified veneered and painted doors. A mixture of Sapele and European Elm veneered fire resistant and acoustic performance doors were supplied to the communal and auditorium areas. These included split veneers doors entering the performance spaces, with Sapele on the outside and European Elm on the auditorium side to match the existing interior. In addition, painted doors were supplied to the back of house and office areas of the development.