Airdrie Town Hall
Austin-Smith:Lord has assisted North Lanarkshire Venues team in refurbishment and essential conservation and improvements to the category ‘B’ Listed Town Hall and theatre within Airdrie.
The aims of the project were to restore the town hall to its early 20th Century grandeur and to turn it into a more active and usable venue for various artists and community groups. It is the main theatre venue within the environs of Airdrie and aims to promote an increasing range of events in tandem with a regular series of events at Motherwell Civic Theatre.
The work involves completed replacement of the natural slate roof and extensive repairs and re-dressing of external stonework. A new DDA compliant entrance was created into new exhibition area with cafe and bar facilities situated in a contemporary side extension.
The raked stage and original hemp ropes and pulleys together with old technical equipment were fully replaced with new flying grid, lighting and sound systems controlled from new bespoke control rooms in the main Theatre Hall and upper Lesser Hall. A cinema system with retractable screen has also been installed.
With the knowledge evident within the team, Austin-Smith:Lord have managed the project very well, taking into account many challenges which have materialised during the project. The professional advice and assistance given to officers has been of great benefit and the team have developed an excellent professional relationship with the contractor.
Jillian Ferrie – North Lanarkshire Council
CLIENT: NORTH LANARKSHIRE COUNCIL
SERVICE: ARCHITECTURE, CONSERVATION
SECTOR: ARTS + CULTURE, CIVIC
CONTRACTOR: GRAHAM CONSTRUCTION
STRUCTURES: NLC DESIGN SERVICES
SERVICES: DAVIE + MCCULLOCH
COST CONSULTANT: RC BROWN
LISTING: CATEGORY B