London Borough of Croydon


Croydon Council is transforming Croydon’s much-loved theatre - the Fairfield Halls - with a £30million refurbishment, creating a world-class entertainment venue at the heart of the town centre. The new venue will be the jewel in the crown of a new cultural quarter for Croydon and its refurbishment a key part of one of the most ambitious regeneration projects the town has ever seen.

The award-winning design protects Fairfield’s rich architectural heritage as celebrated by the National Trust Edge City tours, while completely upgrading the building. Fairfield Halls is set to reopen, fully refurbished, in September 2019

Following a competitive tendering process, Croydon Council has selected BH Live, the south coast’s leading leisure and event operator and social enterprise, as the preferred operator to run Fairfield Halls when it re-opens. They have pledged to deliver a fantastic range of artistic and cultural activities at Fairfield Halls, including theatre, drama, live music showcasing a range of genres, modern and contemporary acts, visual arts, international performances, classical performances including opera and ballet, comedy, dance and community events.

BH Live's proposed programme includes more than 800 events and performances and 400 community-based activities, firmly establishing the venue as the new cultural hub for Croydon. They also have exciting proposals for hospitality at Fairfield Halls, from a street food concept elegant fine dining for events and pre-show audiences – and even including a new microbrewery with a wood-fired oven and craft beers brewed on site.

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Project team

  • Masterplanning/Architect: Rick Mather Architects
  • Structural Engineer: Mott MacDonald
  • M&E/Sustainability: Mott MacDonald
  • Planning Consultant: Cater Jonas   
  • Landscape: GROSS.MAX
  • Project Manager/Cost: Gleeds
  • Access Consultant: David Bonnett Associates
  • Arts/Performance Consultants: SSV (Sound Space Vision)
  • Client: Croydon Council
  • Preferred operator: BH Live

Planning application

A planning application, led by Mott MacDonald, Rick Mather Architects and Turley was approved in February 2017.