In August 2023 works began on demolishing Occasio House, located within Harlow Town Centre near the Playhouse theatre. The demolition signifies the first stage of delivering Harlow’s £20m Arts and Cultural Quarter project.

The scheme, which the council secured a £20million government grant for, will include:

  • A new live performance/music venue
  • Major upgrades to the Playhouse
  • New pedestrian focused and engaging public square for events, outdoor performances, cinema, and outdoor dining
  • Contemporary bar and café
  • Artist and maker studio spaces
  • High-quality residential apartments
  • Flexible studios for creative and performing arts, rehearsal space, events, smaller and outdoor performances, and community uses
  • Associated spaces for literary arts, spoken word, education events and visiting exhibitions and installations
  • Green pocket park with natural play installations
  • Accessibility provisions including disabled parking and accessibly designed spaces
  • Upgraded and secure underpass beneath Haydens Road
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