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Enhancing communitiesThe buildings delivered in this project are providing much-needed new community spaces. While under construction, the project benefitted from a standalone website (www.yournewtownhall.org), which shared a timeline of project milestones and images for those in the community to track its progress.
Improving the environmentThe project uses renewable energy from photovoltaic panels installed on the roof of the Assembly Halls, together with a site-wide energy centre that allows upgrades the traditional building and technologies to modern standards.
Installing mechanical heating, ventilation and cooling was a major challenge, requiring a reconfiguration of perimeter rooms and offices so that ducts could be re-routed without compromising the vaulted ceilings. By serving two floors from the basement and two floors from the roof, the original character of the ground and first floors was completely undisturbed. A new timber casing was installed to the perimeter of rooms to hide the new fan coil units and other electrical services.
Logistically the project was challenging as there was only one entrance in and out of site to serve the construction of each of the buildings (refurbished Grade II listed town hall, new build civic office and refurbished The Press building). The single entrance also had to be shared with Electric Brixton, a live music venue in the middle of the construction site which remained open for the full duration of the project, making logistics extremely challenging.
Inside the town hall there were some extensive structural alterations including changing the load path of the structure. For this, new steel beams of up to 20 metre length had to be incorporated. The logistics of physically getting the long unflexible materials into a 110 year old building brought challenges.
Gold Considerate Constructors Award
'Preservation and rejuvenation' - Constructing Excellence SECBE Awards 2018