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.
Consideration has been given to how this may impact on other areas that require addressing such as the two lighting and sound ‘pods’, and how other more modern ideas could be explored such as removing the stage and increasing the tiered seating. All users of the hall facilities were contacted, and many other ideas came out of the feedback that we received. From all of this information, it was agreed that a firm of Architects with theatre and music hall knowledge should be employed to carry out a thorough feasibility study, to provide all possible options to consider for the future of our Town Hall and Festival Hall complex. This was completed at the end of 2017, and in January 2018, we invited all members of the council and public to our Public Halls committee meeting, where our chosen architects Foster Wilson presented the initial work required to replace the Kitchen, Meeting/Store room and toilets (Phase 1), to make some changes to modernise the Rose Room (Phase 1A) and to ultimately make changes to the Festival Hall (Phase 2).
Members are now giving their consideration to the proposals presented, ready to bring those back to the Public Halls meeting in February 2018. Members of the public are welcome to attend this meeting to hear how the Public Halls committee are likely to progress with this proposal.
The feasibility presentation can be viewed here