Trafford Town Hall, Manchester
Multi-award winning civic headquarters for Trafford Council

Client
Shepherd Developments & Trafford Council

Overview
Location: Greater Manchester
Value: £22.6 million
Size: 120,000 sqft
Service: Architecture & Interiors
BREEAM: Excellent
EPC: A Rating

Photography:
Simon Buckley, Len Grant, Becky Lane & Mark Waugh

Awards
2014 RIBA North West Regional Award
2014 RIBA North West Sustainable Building of the Year Award
2014 Civic Trust Commendation
2014 International Green Apple Award for Built Environment
2013 Mixology North Award – Public Sector Interior Project
2013 AJ Retrofit Award – Shortlisted for Civic and Community Category

Our commission was wide ranging, exploring and understanding what they want to achieve with their transformational change project. As a public sector body they wished to move towards more modern ways of working.

Our design for Trafford Council addresses their fundamental aims of transformational change in how it delivers its services to the people of Trafford and supports the integration of new, flexible ways of working such as desk sharing. Project aims were to reduce desk allocation whilst improving efficiency and staff retention through vastly improved internal environments. The scope incorporated the refurbishment of a Grade 2 listed Town Hall, the construction of a new highly sustainable office and the interior fit out of both old and new buildings.

Our proposals are based around four distinct components as follows:

  • The sensitive refurbishment of the existing town hall to create high quality meeting, conference, training and dining facilities for office workers as well as the wider community.
  • 35,000 sqft of new sustainable office space accommodated within three, 2 storey wings.
  • A new highly transparent public reception and elegantly clad conference facility fronting Warwick Road.
  • A two storey high “Internal street” which acts as the main organiser of the building and around which all three of the above components are hung.

The new 35,000 sqft sustainable office space is accommodated within three, 2 storey wings aiming to reduce desk allocation, improve efficiency and staff retention. All three of the above components are connected by a two storey high “internal street” acting as the main organiser of the building.

The 3 office wings are 15 metres wide allowing for good natural daylight and the integration of natural ventilation. This highly sustainable strategy is further supported through the use of active chilled beams combined with an exposed concrete frame to create a low energy strategy during times when cooling is required.

As part of the refurbishment we undertook for Trafford Council of their Grade II listed Trafford Town Hall, a project was commissioned to refurbish the original council debating chamber.

Our proposals answer the functional requirements whilst preserving and distilling the unique character of the space. Capacity is increased through new seat and desk design and improved access. The environmental systems and air quality were improved with fresh air discretely supplied through new floor void plenums and extraction taken through existing grilles in the domed ceiling. IT facilities for voting, screens and improved lighting were sensitively integrated to provide a state of the art facility to support the democratic process.

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