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LDN wins Skipton Town Hall revamp

North Yorkshire
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LDN Architects has won a publicly tendered contract worth £318,000 to regenerate the Grade II-listed Skipton Town Hall

The Edinburgh-based practice defeated an unnamed shortlist of rival firms to land the Craven District Council-backed scheme.

The project will restore the concert hall, museum and gallery inside the landmark 1862 Neo-classical-style building (pictured) on Skipton High Street.

A tourist information centre, reconfigured backstage area and council offices will also be required.

According to the contract notice: ‘The designs must be sympathetic with the age of the building whilst being accessible to all and flexible to enable a variety of uses.

‘Concept proposals to RIBA Stage 2 have been prepared and a Heritage Lottery Fund Stage 1 application to fund improvements to the museum and gallery area has been awarded a first-round pass.’

LDN will now submit an HLF Stage 2 funding bid and develop the scheme up to RIBA Stage 7.

The project is the third phase of improvements to the building. Local firm Bowman Riley Architects completed the £770,000 first phase, delivering a new accessible entrance, ground floor toilets and commercial spaces in 2015. 

Work on the second phase, which will repair the roof and refurbish the main foyer started earlier this month.  Proposals to create a new restaurant within the historic complex are also under discussion,

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