CROYDEN’S Fairfield Halls (cap. 1,750) and the adjacent Ashcroft Theatre (700) will not be fully functional until next year.
After closing in July 2016 as part of a £30 million renovation, it was expected the venues would reopen in July this year, then pushed back till November.
Having declined to provide LIVE UK with a specific date for the full reopening earlier this year (see issue 217), a cabinet report released by Fairfield owner’s Croydon Council has disclosed its intentions.
“In terms of the timescale for the works overall, the concert hall will be available by the end of this year with a subsequent phased opening of the other venue spaces to follow, with full handover [to new operator BH Live] by the end of March 2019,” says the report.
Prior to the venues closure there had been calls for the renovation work to be carried out in stages to allow them to remain operational.
“The opening date will provide an exciting series of opportunities building up from the end of this year,” says council leader Tony Newman. “This is normal practice with a new entertainment venue – as it is for dates to remain flexible on a project of this size and complexity.”