Brackley Town Hall
Brackley Town Council
Our brief was to carry out a comprehensive restoration & adaptation 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 historic building into new community spaces with economic sustainability achieved through the introduction of a ground floor commercial unit (likely to be a bistro / café) and an attic holiday let. The Town Council will retain a presence in the building with a small office.
The building sits on a tight island site in a busy market town rising loftily above the square and adjacent buildings with its bellcote and weathervane, forming a notable landmark and focus for the town. It was essential for us to
understand the building’s past development, and the significance both as a whole and in its parts, in order to avoid damage or loss to historically important elements. This was achieved through historical research, building condition surveys, which led to the production of a detailed Conservation Management Plan. In turn the CMP enabled us to assess the viability of proposed new uses and to maintain the building’s authenticity throughout
the proposed new works. On the basis of our detailed design work the Heritage Lottery Fund Grant was secured for the HLF development and delivery stages.