Central Hall, Keighley

Central Hall, Keighley

SECTOR: Civic – CONTRACT VALUE: £1,700,000 – DATE COMPLETED: January 2011

AWARDS: Shortlisted for RIBA Northern Network Award

Central Hall in Keighley is a former Primitive Methodist Chapel, located in the town centre Conservation Area.

The  Central Hall is owned by the City of Bradford Metropolitan Council and run by Keighley and Ilkley Voluntary & Community Action (KIVCA).

The existing building is essentially two large gathering spaces on a very restrictive site. Our proposal opens up and links these two spaces revealing a previously hidden ornate archway in the process. The new build entrance hall and lettable office spaces are carefully arranged in the limited amount of space available between the existing halls and boundaries.

Public facilities, such as an exhibition space and café, are positioned alongside office space used by local companies including Citizens Advice Bureau, and a variety of rooms for rent including small individual offices, meeting rooms and a multifunction hall.

A passive environmental strategy was adopted, which worked with the existing building’s qualities (heavy thermal mass, good natural light and cross ventilation) and improved the situation by fitting double glazed windows, underfloor heating and upgrading the levels of insulation.

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