Dory, an American retail and leisure group, intends to convert the Grade II listed Town Hall into a destination shopping arcade including the flagship store for Maclaren, as well as lifestyle brands Laser Performance and Albert Thurston, plus a restaurant. The upper floors will be extended and converted to provide 15- 20 new homes.
In February 2011, the council chose to sell Fulham Town Hall as part of its commitment to prioritise frontline services ahead of underused buildings, and in order to reduce its historic debt. The council selected Dory Ventures as its preferred purchaser in February 2012.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Nicholas Botterill, said: “This exciting and innovative scheme will provide Fulham Town Hall with a new lease of life and reinvigorate Fulham as one of the capital’s premier shopping destinations.
“As well as boosting Fulham, this scheme will improve the council’s finances by significantly reducing our debt levels, create numerous jobs and launch a new era of prosperity for this famous building.”
In order to proceed with the sale of the building, Dory Ventures must first acquire planning permission and Listed Building Consent. The council expects a planning application to be submitted and considered in 2014, with the sale likely to be completed in 2015.