The hidden jewel of Hackney

The Osborne Construction team, refurbishing the Grade II listed Hackney Town Hall, have uncovered hidden charms beneath its worn surface, in an initiative to restore its interior with purely original, traditional features.

Following this environmentally-friendly approach meant that approximately 97% of potential waste was diverted from landfill.

The Art Deco-style Hackney Town Hall, built in 1930, had been maintained in an unsympathetic fashion over the years. The building had to be restored to its former glory, whilst also creating an energy efficient space with all of the requirements of a modern office. This was a significant challenge for our team, made even more so by the fact that the building had to remain operational throughout the works.

Working in collaboration with architects Hawkins Brown, the Hackney Preservation officer, customer team and restoration specialists from our supply chain ensured that the building’s heritage was secured, for example, the original light fittings, which included unique chandeliers, which were restored to their original grandeur by a local company. They were then adapted to take energy efficient lamps.

Existing steel windows were taken off site to be restored before our team glazed them with specially-made double-glazed units, permitting the building to retain further heat. Doors, skirting and architraves were stripped and refreshed with heritage paint, returning them to their original condition. Any missing features were sourced from the architectural salvage market.