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Lowestoft Town Hall

We are working with Lowestoft Town Council on the restoration and extension of the Grade II listed Town Hall to return it to its rightful civic role by becoming home to the Town Council and the registry office, and a venue for civil ceremonies and community events.

The project will restore the building’s public presence, its Victorian frontage and set-piece Council Chamber that, with its stained-glass windows, will be used once again for council meetings, civil ceremonies and other events. The Town Hall will become a hub for local heritage with displays about the local area as well as community arts activity. Extensions that complete the Town Hall’s urban block will house an event hall, co-working and other facilities, set around a new courtyard garden. A new café and meeting rooms will be available to the public. The works will make the building fully accessible and will significantly reduce its carbon footprint through insulation and energy efficient systems.

We are working with Richard Griffiths Architects as our conservation advisors, Max Fordham LLP, Momentum Engineering, and with Moss King Associates as project managers. The project is a Lowestoft Town Council initiative and has been awarded a £3.2m grant by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, with match funding from the Towns Fund, Architectural Heritage Fund, Historic England and East Suffolk Council. It is scheduled for completion in 2025.

Hana was interviewed by Architects' Journal about our approach to the project, as part of their RetroFirst campaign, which focuses on adapting and re-using existing buildings.