Brackley Town Hall
Brackley Town Council
However, since the mid-20th century the Town Hall has not been subjected to any significant internal alterations or upgrades and is showing signs of distress. In 2013, a survey by South Northamptonshire Council identified the building as being vulnerable. These physical issues, together with the low level of use, are diminishing the income generated by the building and it can no longer cover its running costs.
Our brief was to carry out the comprehensive restoration of the Town Hall in order to address the range of physical issues and improve its long-term financial sustainability. The Town Hall has a long-established relationship with a large number of civic and local community users who regularly hire space for meetings, activities and functions. Our work includes the conversion of the existing spaces into a significant new community resource within the context of a historic building.
Economic sustainability is achieved through the introduction of a ground floor commercial unit (likely to be a café or bistro), a new community space, a unique holiday let in the attic space and an improved civic hall space for events with new commercial kitchen and toilet provision.
Considerable time and effort was taken by the collaborative design team to explore and record the building in parallel with design work. The design team have worked very closely and developed an extremely detailed Heritage Lottery Fund Bid which has been successful. We are now working with the same dedicated team and have recently completed the tender information to deliver the repairs, improvements and reuse of this historic building.
We firmly believe the project will help safeguard this valuable asset for Brackley Town. The project is currently on site and due for completion July 2018.