The Town Hall and Festival Hall Complex has been in need of some remedial work for many years, and in particular, the ‘temporary extension’ that was built to the right hand side of the Town Hall & Festival Hall back in the early 1970s. This area is adjacent to the Rose Room and contains the current Kitchen, Meeting/Storage Room and Toilets.
Foster Wilson Architects were appointed in July 2017, and a Feasibility Study was carried out based on Town Hall User feedback. This provided information to shape the first Feasibility Study Report produced in December 2017 which can be viewed here
Members of the Public Halls Committee and Foster Wilson Architects held a Public Consultation Day which too place at the Town Hall on 16th June 2018, so that general public feedback, as well as user feedback could be received.
The Public Consultation provided a good level of detail, which enabled Foster Wilson Architects to go away and work on new drawings, and produce the first set of RIBA 2 designs. A summary can be viewed here
In conjunction with the RIBA 2 design, a presentation was given by Foster Wilson Architects at the Public Halls meeting in January 2019, which included further drawings and historical information, and this can be viewed here
The next step is to carry out a wider public consultation across the town, so that as many members of the public are encouraged to give their views on what work should be carried out to make the Festival Hall complex future proof, and become available to a wider audience and range of events. The following document will assist you with any thoughts that you may wish to share – viewed here.
An announcement on when and where the public consultations will take place will be made by the end of May 2019.