Walworth Town Hall - Your Views on the Bids

Closed 21 Jan 2019

Opened 22 Nov 2018

Feedback Updated 14 Mar 2019

We Asked

We asked residents to evaluate two proposals for the redevelopment of Walworth Town Hall.

You Said

Respondents told us that the proposal by General Projects better met the aspirations of the local community. However, there were concerns that neither proposal provided a good mix of uses, as much publically accessible space as people wanted or were sympathetic to the building's heritage. Respondents were concerned about the loss of library and heritage provision, length of the lease, security around the commitment to the community space and how the community space will be managed.

We Did

Now that cabinet has approved the recommendations for the preferred bidder we are proceeding discussions with General Projects. As noted in the cabinet report we have negotiated modifications to the proposed lease terms and security through a covenant around the minimum amount of community space. We have also committed to a process of engagement to determine the vision and operational options for the community, arts and culture space.

Alongside the Walworth Town Hall project  the council has approved the leasing of ground floor space for a new 559m2 library and Southwark heritage centre on the Walworth Road. This will help meet the need for local community library facilities and will promote Southwark’s heritage through exhibition and learning opportunities. Additional consultation will be carried out to gain an understanding of people’s ideas for the new library and heritage centre.

Results Updated 11 Mar 2019



We are keen to hear your views on the proposals for redevelopment of Walworth Town Hall. Please take the time to look at the two proposals, which can be viewed here or in this video presentation.

We'd like to know what you think of the proposals in terms of:

  • whether they offer a good mix of uses for the community;
  • whether they respect the heritage significance of the listed building; and
  • whether they offer good public access and engagement

Why We Are Consulting

Southwark is committed to choosing the proposal which offers the best deal for the borough, both in value for money and the mix of facilities on offer. The views of local people will be really important in contributing to this decision.

What Happens Next

Your comments will be analysed and inform the panel that will assess the bids. A decision on the bids will be made early in 2019.



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