Relocation of services

Camden Town Hall is temporarily closed for refurbishment.

See below where all of our important services have moved to:

Temporary location

Facility

Tavistock House
Tavistock Square
London
WC1H 9JP

Nearest tube stations:
Euston
Russell Square 
Kings Cross St. Pancras 

Bus routes:
10, 59, 68, 
91, 168, N91

  • European passport return service
  • Taking notices for marriages and civil partnerships
  • Wedding suite

Crowndale Centre
218 Eversholt Street
Kings Cross
London
NW1 1BD 

Nearest tube stations: 
Mornington Crescent
Euston

Bus routes:
168, 253, N5, 
N20, N25, N253

  • Birth registrations 
  • Death registrations
  • Duplicate certificate applications
  • Citizenship ceremonies
  • Electoral services 
  • Council Chamber
  • Councillors’ offices
  • Committee services
  • Committee rooms
  • Mayor's office and Parlour

The need for refurbishment

As our focal democratic and civic building, the Grade II listed Camden Town Hall is hugely important to us. It houses the Mayor’s Office, Council Chamber, Committee Rooms and Councillors’ offices, together with support services for Councillors and some public-facing services, including registrars and electoral services. However, at almost 80 years-old the town hall is in need of significant refurbishment to bring it back to its former glory. We want to modernise the town hall while preserving its history.

Our town hall has now closed, as of August 2018. Subject to obtaining planning permission, we will undertake a major refit, improve its sustainability and environmental performance, reduce long-term running costs and transform the way we use some of the space. We will take the opportunity to modernise our democratic meetings and processes – harnessing the potential of new technology to improve/increase access and match modern expectations. This work will improve access to our democratic decision-making meetings – and ensure even more people have an opportunity to get involved in our democracy in new and different ways.

Our new registrars’ facilities will see significant improvements too. We will create a new wedding suite along with refurbished spaces for registering births, marriages and deaths and other functions.

Lendlease have been appointed by the Council as project managers for the refurbishment project.

New uses

We are facing our toughest financial challenge. By 2018/19, our like-for-like funding from central government will have been cut in half since 2010, and we will have had to make savings of £169 million. Leasing the currently unused space in the town hall will provide us with a long-term income stream to support our investment — alongside enhancing the local economy and creating employment opportunities.

Whilst the Council will remain the freehold owner of the town hall, we will turn the basement into an incubation space for local business start-ups giving a helping hand to some of our most pioneering local businesses and supporting our Camden plan ambitions by helping develop innovation and entrepreneurship across the borough.

The second and third floors will be remodelled and leased as business office space targeted at organisations within Camden’s growth sectors such as creative industries, science and technology. The Camden Centre will also be commercially leased to generate additional income. The proposed new tenant, Il Bottacio, will run the space as an event venue and, it is intended, will provide opportunities for local community groups to continue to use the space.

The scope of the work and timeline

Documents 

Our latest community newsletter includes the latest updates on refurbishment plans, including the decision to remove the fourth floor extension from the proposals and information about the new Camden Centre tenant. 
Community newsletter: February 2019 (PDF) 

In September 2018 we held a public exhibition to discuss the refurbishment proposals. 
View our exhibition boards (PDF)

If you have any questions about the proposals or the consultation process, contact us at camdentownhall@londoncommunications.co.uk or call our Freephone number 0800 307 7984.

What has happened so far?

  • In February 2016, Cabinet approved an outline business case to refurbish Camden Town Hall based on creation and leasing of employment space in vacant office areas and the basement
  • On 14 September 2016, Cabinet agreed a full business case for the employment space option
  • On 14 December 2016, Cabinet agreed the procurement strategy for the project and to lease the Camden Centre to a commercial operator. The Council will act as the developer on the Town Hall project and retain ownership of the building. Following a competitive procurement process Lendlease Consulting (Europe) Ltd. has been appointed as the project management company.
  • July – August 2018: Decant from Town Hall to Crowndale Centre
  • July – August: Relocation of services to Crowndale Centre and Tavistock House
  • August 2018: Closure of the Town Hall
  • September 2018: Public exhibition of refurbishment plans
  • September – December 2018: Meetings held with residents, community and conservation groups
  • Winter 2018: Decision taken not to go ahead with fourth floor extension of the town hall 
 

Key milestones for the project

  • June - December 2017: Procurement and appointment of Development Manager
  • July 2017 – July 2018: Planning, tendering and remodelling work to Crowndale Centre
  • January 2018 – February 2018: Development Manager appoints professional team and building contractor
  • 31st May 2018: Camden Centre closure 
  • July - August 2018: Decant from Town Hall to Crowndale Centre 
  • August 2018: Closure of the Town Hall
  • Spring 2019: Submission of planning application 
  • Summer 2019: Target planning committee
  • During 2019: Surveys and enabling works
  • Spring 2020: Construction commences (subject to planning approval) 
  • Autumn 2021: Re-occupy Town Hall