ISG has taken possession of the Waltham Forest Town Hall site, marking a key milestone in its ambitious transformation programme, which will create a new neighbourhood and cultural hub on the civic site.

ISG will start the refurbishment of the Grade-II listed Town Hall, marking the largest change to the historic building and wider campus since it was first opened in 1941.

The approved plans focus on creating an inclusive and welcoming space, bringing it into the 21st century.

It will transform the way the council operates and delivers services to residents of the borough and provide an inviting and revitalised space for visitors of all ages to enjoy.

This first phase of the redevelopment was approved by Waltham Forest’s Planning Committee in October 2019, with work beginning on pedestrianising the area around the fountain.

In December 2019, leading UK developer, Countryside, was appointed as the contractor for phase two of the project, including much needed affordable housing and site landscaping.

Councillor Simon Miller, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Housing Development, says: “Waltham Forest is leading the way in ensuring economic recovery and building resilience in the local economy and for London.

“With over a half a billion-pound capital investment programme, we are confidently building a borough for the future.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to create a new community at the heart of the borough, with housing, commercial space, a fit for purpose civic building and more jobs for local people.”

Nick Oddy, managing director for ISG’s Agility business, added: “Following schemes to create the UK’s first Urban Cricket Centre, the Waltham Forest Feel Good Centre and Leyton Leisure Centre (, we’re delighted to again be working with the council to deliver another project that will have a transformational impact on the local community.

“This significant investment in public facing facilities underlines the borough’s commitment to creating outstanding amenities and opportunities to enrich the lives of local people.”

Read more about the plans here as well as artistic impressions of what the site will look like when completed.