Historic Buildings Consultant

Chats Palace, London

Chats Palace, London

Chats Palace, London

The former Homerton Public Library, owned by Hackney Borough Council and now operated as a community arts centre, was designed by Sir Edwin Cooper in 1912-3 and funded by Andrew Carnegie.

The Classical facade, unique in Hackney, and connection with the late 19th and early 20th century patriarchal reform movement that sparked the philanthropic foundation of such public buildings, makes Chats Palace a highly significant building in the borough, despite its low Grade II-listing.

We were instructed to prepare a costed repair and maintenance schedule for the building, detailing annual and other cyclical tasks, to enable the centre to ascertain and plan the works required to ensure that this important building is maintained and able to fulfil its 21st century function as an arts centre.