Square Chapel is an arts venue in Halifax, housed in an important Grade II* listed chapel dating from 1772. It has over 40,000 users per year but lacked adequate toilets, disabled access, offices and storage space. There was only one dressing room, one auditorium and an exceedingly small bar area. Without more space the building faced becoming impossible to manage.
Square Chapel commissioned our project management team to support the Cornerstone project, which comprised a new extension to solve the capacity and space problems and provide a second auditorium and a café/bar. The project also included the complete refurbishment of the existing building and much-needed improvements to general facilities.
We managed the successful funding application to Arts Council England, the procurement of the design team and contractor through an OJEU procedure and project managed the construction works. Work commenced on-site in September 2015 and finished in May 2017. Square Chapel reopened in September 2017, with a full autumn programme taking advantage of the exciting new facilities.
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 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.