A FORMER head of operations at Croyden’s Fairfield Halls (cap. 1,750) complex will return as venue director as the building’s £30 million refurbishment continues.
Neil Chandler worked at the two-venue complex between 2009 and 2011 and has also been general manager at the Ambassador Theatre Group-owned Bristol Hippodrome and New Wimbledon Theatre. He will take up the role later this year.
Venue management company BH Live, which also manages Bournemouth International Centre’s several venues, was chosen by Fairfield owner Croyden Council to run the venue and adjacent Ashcroft Theatre (700) in April (see LIVE UK issue 208).
“BH Live’s track record in managing community assets, event programming and delivering exceptional hospitality gives me immense confidence and the opportunity they have given me to be part of the project, before artistically and operationally, will be very rewarding,” says Chandler.
BH Live chief executive Peter Gunn adds, “Neil has a wealth of experience in this sector and his passion for community and culture will be a real asset to us and Fairfield Halls.”
Days after Fairfield Halls and the Ashcroft closed in July 2016, its operating company Trust Fairfield (Croyden) Ltd went into administration with debts of more than £750,000.
Croyden Council is investigating a break-in at Fairfield Halls, after four people evaded security guards and played loud music from the stage. The venue is due to reopen in late 2018.