Plans Unveiled For Rother District Council Town Hall Renaissance Project

Plans Unveiled For Rother District Council Town Hall Renaissance Project

We are really excited to share our proposals for the regeneration of Rother District Council’s Town Hall in Bexhill-on-Sea.

In 2019, Rother District Council declared a climate emergency and pledged for the Council to be net zero carbon by 2030. The Town Hall, which is the Council’s main administrative building is inefficient in terms of spatial logistics and energy performance emitting over 107tonnes of CO2 every year. The current facilities also provide an uninspiring work environment for a 21st Century civic and office building; this project seeks to address these issues.

The ambition is to deliver a high-quality facilities that: lead the way in demonstrating the Council’s pledge to be net zero carbon by 2030; provides a civic heart for Rother District; provides a befitting and inspiring civic space for local organisations in a central and accessible location; rethinks the workspace post-COVID-19 and provides a modern community services hub.

Dusk-time view across London Road Public Realm

The main core of the Town Hall, which is over 120 years old and an asset of historical significance, will be retained and refurbished to improve its energy efficiency and reduce its carbon footprint, provide a modern and attractive workplace that promotes accessibility, health and wellbeing and provides adaptability as working practices change and evolve. The development will also include a new extension, to the west of the main Town Hall, with an inviting flexible public-facing space on the ground floor, adaptable workspaces, breakout spaces and an attractively landscaped courtyard dealing with levels across the site and focussing on improving social engagement opportunities.

Austin-Smith:Lord, in collaboration with RXA, was appointed, through the South East Consortium Framework, by Rother District Council to provide architecture, interior and landscape design services.

Many thanks to all the team:

Client: Rother District Council
Supporting Architects: RXA
Project Management and Cost Consultants: MGAC | RLF
Civil and Structural Engineers: Ingleton Wood
Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, Sustainability Leads: Delap & Waller
Planning Consultant: Dowsett Mayhew
Framework Client: South East Consortium
CGIs and Animation: Infinite3D
Acoustic Consultants: AAD Acoustics
Fire Engineers: Marshall Fire
Transport Planner: GTA