THE ARCHITECTS for the multi-million pound refurbishment of Trowbridge Town Hall have been appointed.

Award-winning architectural and heritage firm Purcell has been chosen to bring the plans for the Grade II listed building to life. Similar community-centred projects led by Purcell include Holyhead Market Hall, Norfolk County Hall and Manchester Town Hall.

Other ongoing large-scale restoration and renewal projects include Palace of Westminster, National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery, among others.

Over £8.1m has been allocated to refurbish and restore the Town Hall from the £16m awarded to Wiltshire Council from the government’s Future High Streets Fund.

Leader of Wiltshire Council, Richard Clewer said: “We are delighted to be working with such a renowned and internationally recognised organisation such as Purcell. They have significant experience of renovating historic buildings to the highest standards and we look forward to working with them to secure the long-term future of this much loved cultural and community asset.”

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Associate conservation architect at Purcell, Clare Phillips added: “We are thrilled to be working with Wiltshire Council on this landmark community project.

“Our team of long-standing collaborators includes Qoda engineers to improve the buildings services, Mann Williams as the structural engineers and Hydrock Fire.

“We are excited to release the potential of the building for a wide range of community activities and events.

“The refurbishment will enhance the character and heritage of the Town Hall whilst creating flexible spaces to ensure the long-term sustainability of an inclusive community building at the heart of the high street.”

David Lockwood, director at Trowbridge Town Hall, commented: “Purcell are the perfect fit for this project.

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“Not only do they possess a wealth of experience with historic buildings, but their creative approach to realising this game-changing opportunity gives us the best chance of successfully realising this project for the benefit of the people of Trowbridge.”