Abingdon County Hall Museum
NAME:Abingdon County Hall Museum
SECTOR:Leisure and Recreation
Oxford Preservation Trust Award
ARCHITECT:Ridge & Partners LLP
TYPE OF WORK:Redevelopment, Refurbishment
Becontree Leisure Centre (London)
Careful renovation and restoration of this 17th century Grade I listed building, located in the heart of the town’s centre, has given the building a new lease of life.
Following a complete refurbishment, including the basement, visitors can now enjoy three new galleries on the museum’s second floor, a bespoke education and community learning space, a public seating area with access to on-screen and large-print information, a café and a lift.
The carefully planned programme paid close attention to the historical features and unique heritage of the building. Insulation, heating, services and facilities were all carried out to the highest conservation standards.
During works, r the roof had to be entirely renovated and reconstructed so that the protective leading could be completely replaced. Cleaning and restoration of the external walls was also shielded by netting.
Abingdon Town Council hopes the improved facilities will increase visitor figures by over 50%.