Town hall restoration set to be considered by council planners

18 June 2020

The restoration of Rochdale’s grade I listed town hall has taken a major step forward following the submission of a listed building and planning application to the council.

The application outlines vital repair work to the 149-year-old town hall, which is one of the best examples of gothic architecture in the country. Planners will consider the restoration of the building and many of its historic features, with a decision expected to be made later in the summer.

As well as restoring the building, the project will open this heritage asset up to new audiences, both locally and nationally, and make it more accessible than ever before.

“Rochdale Town Hall has been described by Historic England as having historic features so important, they’re rivalled only by the Palace of Westminster, so we’re incredibly lucky to have it in the heart of our borough. This restoration project, which has now taken another step forward, will not only preserve and enhance it for future generations, it will also open up this precious asset to allow more people to enjoy this wonderful space in the years to come.” - Councillor Janet Emsley, cabinet member at Rochdale Borough Council

How the town hall's new 'Bright Hall' could look © 3D Ltd

We are providing M&E Engineering services for the project with a focus on improving the efficiency of the building and providing conservation protection for the sensitive interior.

A full new heating system is to be provided with conservation at the core, restoring former radiators with modern day control to improve conservation and comfort. 1930’s light fittings will be restored with LED emitters, and new evacuation lifts will provide accessibility to all floors for the first time.

How the town hall's new exhibition space could look © 3D Ltd

“It's great to be assisting Donald Insall Architects on restoring this masterpiece and protecting it for the next hundred years” – Iain Shaw, Principal Engineer and Partner

Work to improve access to the town hall is an important part of the project © 3D Ltd