CROYDON COUNCIL has denied claims that the refurbishment of the Fairfield Halls complex could end up costing the taxpayer £60 million.
According to the website Inside Croydon, during a council meeting earlier this month, Labour council leader Tony Newman refused to deny the £60m figure when confronted by Conservative opposition leader Tim Pollard.
The multi-venue complex closed for refurbishment in June 2016, was set to cost £30m and reopen in December 2018.
However, the cost of the refurbishment rose to £41m and was delayed by a year, opening last September, although with some works still incomplete.
When LIVE UK approached Croydon Council for comment, a spokesperson would only say, “the current estimated cost of the refurbishment is £42.6m,” adding that further works are ongoing.
The renovation includes slightly increased capacities for the Phoenix Concert Hall (up from 1,750 to 1,800) and the Ashcroft Playhouse (up from 750 to 800), along with existing performance space Arnhem Foyer (400) and new addition The Recreational (750).
Among the artistes performing at the Phoenix are 10cc, Frank Turner, Boyzlife and Jools Holland and His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra.
The Council has signed a 10-year contract with events and management firm BH Live, which runs Bournemouth International Centre, to operate the complex.