Monmouthshire County Council is recruiting an architect to transform its Grade II-listed Abergavenny Town Hall into a new community hub
The winning team will deliver a new library, one stop shop and community learning space inside the 1871 landmark which currently hosts a market, theatre and the town council.
The project is part of a wider initiative by the local authority which has delivered new integrated community hubs in nearby Chepstow, Caldicot, Monmouth and Usk. The latest project will bring together facilities currently spread across Abergavenny in a prominent central location.
According to the brief: ‘We have one hub left to create in the market town of Abergavenny. It is our ambition to create a new hub within the town hall. This presents significant challenges as it is Grade II-listed building occupying a prominent position and occupied by a number of competing and occasionally conflicting users.
‘Initial design work has been undertaken and has been well received, the principles of which involve the creation of a mezzanine at first floor level and a large open plan shared space to accommodate a new hub. The proposal also included the provision of a new lift and the re-alignment of users to improve operational efficiency.’
Abergavenny is a market town in Monmouthshire situated between the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons National Park. The settlement was originally a Roman fort and features the ruins of a Norman Castle overlooking the River Usk.
Abergavenny Town Hall was designed by Wilson and Willcox of Bath in 1871 and features an iconic clock tower which dominates the local skyline. The Early French Gothic-style building – which features a market hall, theatre and council offices – was listed in 1971.
The latest project will create a new mezzanine at first floor level and a large open plan shared space to accommodate the new hub. The scheme – which has been designed by the council’s in-house principal designer Robert Dennis – includes the delivery of a new public lift.
The winning team will develop the scheme from RIBA Stage 3 through to completion. The first stage will involve completing a public consultation and drawing up a ‘finalised, costed and agreed’ proposal which includes sustainability, maintenance and operating strategies.
Last month Monmouthshire Museums launched a separate search for a team to design a £120,000 events pavilion in Abergavenny Castle.
The deadline for applications for the community hub project is 12noon on 28 July.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Monmouthshire County Council
PO Box 106
Tel: +44 1633644281