Brackley Town Hall
Level of Award
Local Authority Area
Information about this scheme
A survey identified the building as being vulnerable. Its poor condition together with decreasing level of use, diminished the income generated by the building and it could no longer cover its running costs.
The work began with feasibly studies looking at addressing the worsening state of the fabric and long-term sustainability of the building based on a business plan and costed options. Extensive consultation with the client body, statutory authorities, community and user groups were tied into the process from the beginning.
The outcome of exhaustive studies included the introduction of new community spaces, a ground floor commercial unit (bistro / café) and a unique attic holiday let to provide an income to pay for ongoing maintenance and care of the building. In addition, essential elements such as an improved civic hall for events, new commercial kitchen and toilet provision were provided.
The Town Council has retained a presence with a small office by the front door. Bold new interventions saw the introduction of a contemporary stair and lift, without detriment to the historic fabric or detracting from the original design. Inappropriate adaptations were reviewed and carefully removed. This was achieved through historical research and building condition surveys, which led to the production of a detailed Conservation Plan and Management & Maintenance Plan. In turn, this enabled to assess the viability of the proposed new uses and to maintain the building’s authenticity throughout the new works.
A key objective has been that of social responsibility, knitting together the community with new residents arriving as the town grows over the next decade and more. This has been achieved by creating a vibrant, restored building that functions at the centre of community life and by delivering a range of exciting activities to engage residents.
Rena Pitsilli-Graham Architect
Role in project: Economic development and regeneration consultancy Company name: Ingham Pinnock Associates
The Morton Partnership
Martin Thomas Associates
The Morton Partnership
Iain Soden Heritage Services
Role in project: Lift Consultant Company name: Ramboll
Primary Use Class
Class D1g - Public Hall or Exhibition Centre