Cheltenham Borough Council is looking for an architect for a major revamp of its Grade II-listed town hall
The winner of the estimated £40,000 contract will draw up an ‘achievable and deliverable’ masterplan scoping study for the landmark 1903 venue which hosts the annual Cheltenham festivals of jazz, science, music and literature.
The project, for the Cheltenham Trust, which has owned the assembly hall since 2014, aims to create a new hub for social, cultural, economic and educational activities within the regency spa town and to boost its reputation nationally and internationally.
According to the brief: ‘An innovative and creative consultant is required to develop and provide a dynamic masterplan scoping study of the Cheltenham Town Hall, exploring and defining its future potential to aid decision-making and reimagining the use of the asset in a 21st-century setting.
‘Previous work has outlined a range of options that could open up new opportunities for wider participation and enjoyment of the venue, capturing new audiences through extended activities and involvement of the town’s community and beyond. The aim is to create a culturally, socially, environmentally, technically, and economically viable destination that contributes to a strong sense of place, highlighting the town’s wider offer, establishing Cheltenham as a leading all-year destination.’
Cheltenham, on the western edge of the Cotswolds in Gloucestershire, grew into a major spa town following the discovery of mineral springs in 1716.
Cheltenham Town Hall, designed by local architect Frederick William Waller, opened in 1903. The 1,000-capacity building replaced the town’s existing High Street assembly rooms and was designed to host social and cultural events, with the borough council offices located nearby.
Today the structure is one of the principal venues of the annual Cheltenham festivals, and accommodates concerts, exhibitions, conferences, banquets, meetings, dances and balls throughout the year.
Initial funding for the redevelopment project of around £2.4 million has been put forward by the local council. The winning team will review a range of existing options for the building and evaluate them with regards to economic viability and social and cultural benefit. Additional funding options to take the chosen option forward must also be explored.
The deadline for applications is 5pm, 4 April.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Cheltenham Borough Council