Taking the iconic Grade II listed Oldham Old Town Hall, a building that was once a symbol of civic pride and latterly a symbol of the town's decline, and brining new life to it. The building was constructed in 1841 and extended in 1879 to include a courtroom and additional accommodation. A second extension, completed in 1917, included a number of highly decorated ’gracious rooms’. However, when the council moved services to the new Civic Centre in 1978 the building became obsolete and gradually became vacant.
Oldham Council turned to our building conservation experts to help preserve the building and find a sustainable future.
This was an important and fascinating project for the team, beginning with surveys of the building's condition, followed by the removal of asbestos, an environmental clean and making it safe and weathertight. The design team took part in appraisals and feasibility studies to determine a viable use for the building that would maintain key heritage features.The client opted for an ambitious development that involved extensive remodelling and refurbishment to turn the building into a seven-screen cinema with six restaurants, a coffee shop and complementary retail units.
The new design makes full use of the building while retaining all the ‘gracious rooms’ and the main staircases in the 1841 and 1917 buildings. Kier provided civil, structural, building services and highways engineering design for the redevelopment project, which was delivered using Building Information Modelling (BIM) with a fully collaborative design model created after a detailed laser survey to accurately measure the building.
The development has injected new life into the building and turned it into a vibrant metropolitan facility, complete with a seven-screen cinema, six restaurants and retail areas.
The development is seen as the cornerstone of the Town Centre Regeneration Programme with the potential to stimulate new jobs and generate additional economic activity in Oldham Town Centre. The new venue has created 74 full time and 159 part time jobs, and will generate an estimated £5.5 million extra for the local economy each year.
Creating a new £19m aviation museum showcasing the role played by the Bristol site in Britain’s aviation history, including a hangar to house the last Concorde ever to fly, restoring a Grade 1 listed First World War hangar to create an exhibition space
Restoring, renovating and extending this prestigious Grade A listed performing arts building, utilising building conservation techniques whilst internally upgrading the interiors and finishes to a high quality and installing new, modern building services and a/v equipment throughout.
Restoring an iconic building, taking part in feasibility studies to decide the best use of the building, working on the project to turn it into a seven-screen cinema with restaurants, coffee shop and retail units, winning multiple industry awards and creating something of huge importance to local people.
Creating a viable and affordable facility that brought all Crewe's lifestyle services - pool, gym, sports hall, library, specialist daycare and family service facilities - together under one roof, meeting a diverse range of user needs and building within a constrained town centre site.
Redeveloping a brownfield site to construct a new carbon neutral shopping park, creating the world’s first multi-let retail asset to achieve a BREEAM Outstanding rating.
Designing and constructing a new leisure complex within this holiday village on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park in Devon, including toddler and 20m adult swimming pools, Tornado and Twister flume rides, and water playground, gymnasium, other leisure facilities and associated plant and equipment.
Creating a new visitor centre at this Site of Special Scientific Interest after the previous one was damaged by a tidal surge, ensuring its protection from flooding and its coastal position, incorporating sustainable features and refurbishing an 1800s coastguard building to be used as an exhibition space.
Constructing a new retail unit that included remodelling existing car parks, a major re-alignment of the existing spine road - including removal of roundabouts - significant public utility services diversions and installation of toucan crossings.
Converting a 1920s office building in Cardiff into a 122 bedroom Hotel Indigo, the boutique hotel brand of InterContinental Hotels Group, for Maven Capital Partners with Sanguine Hospitality. Crafting spaces throughout the hotel to reflect the history and vibrancy of the city and a rooftop Marco Pierre White restaurant.
Transforming the former Manor and Kingsway Hospitals situated 1.5 miles west of Derby city centre, creating a diverse and thriving community of 700 homes with recreational facilities, retail space and a business park to create 450 jobs.
Creating a new retail and leisure heart for the town comprising 23 shops, restaurants and bars, together with a multi-screen Empire cinema, 60 bed Premier Inn hotel and a 345 space car park.
Identifying this 20.5 acre site in Reading as a strategic development opportunity, delivering a retail and leisure scheme including residential, hotel, retail, car showrooms, leisure facilities and industrial units, trialling new innovations and generating 263 jobs and a social value of £138m.
Delivering the £450m Watford Riverwell as a 15-20 year joint venture with Watford Borough Council, which involved regenerating 70 acres of land in West Watford to create residential, office, retail, leisure, industrial and hotel space.
Completing the penultimate phase of the £65m waterfront development, taking it through the planning process, regenerating over 17 acres in Walsall including The Light Cinema and popular national restaurant chains, making the most of a canalised location and engaging with the local community.
Transforming a tired council facility into a modern new leisure centre in the north of Sheffield, adhering to Sport England guidelines and taking on board local concerns, introducing a bold exterior design and keeping to tight deadlines.
Developing the first site outside Devon and Cornwall for Trago Mills, an independent, family owned and run discount leisure retailer. Bringing much needed employment to the area it includes 11 retail units, external sales area, café, garden centre, goods yard, ice cream stall, bandstand, adventure dome and model railway.
Developing Chester's largest and most ambitious ever creative project, working in a restricted city centre location, adapting the programme when a Roman building was discovered on site, restoring and revitalising a Grade II Listed building, creating new cultural spaces and receiving the Arts Council's highest ever score for a building.
Developing more than three million sq ft of award winning speculative industrial space, with sizes ranging from small start-up to national distribution units through Kier Property's Trade City and Logistics City brands.
The Aperture is the first phase of residential buildings on the Greenwich Peninsula. This five storey building comprises of a restaurant and deli on the ground floor, day nursery on the first floor, estate management and a community centre on the second/third floors with a gym on the remaining floors.