Award winning renovation for Bolton icon
- Grade two listed landmark restored to former glory
- Project involved working in a live environment
- Part of series of Grade 2 listed upgrades for councils across UK
Our work Grade II renovation specialists have restored Bolton Albert Hall, part of Bolton Town Hall, back to its former glory to allow future generations to benefit from the local landmark.
Our work provides improved restaurant, conference and wedding facilities.
The project, procured through the Scape' Major Works framework, has transformed the building with redecorated function and conference rooms, repainting, carpeting and restoration of the Function Hall and Lancaster Suite and a new café. We also carried out extensive external works to create new terraces and fountains and stone repairs and cleaning as well as the award winning roof renovation.
Our work involved the creation of new external terraces, fountains and new external openings. It also included stone repairs and cleaning, roof replacement works, extensive internal alterations and refurbishment works to create a new entertainments / wedding and conference centre.
The improvements will bring more visitors and investment into the town centre.
- Working on the oldest half of a Grade 2 listed building with occupied offices in the other half
- Enhancing the existing Theatre and associated ancillary spaces
- Uncovering heritage elements and bringing them back to public view
- Working in close proximity to protected Peregrine Falcons whilst undertaking the roof works.
The Living Heritage award was created this year by Welsh Slate to celebrate and recognise projects using Welsh Slate on buildings that are important architecturally, historically or locally to a community. The Albert Halls is the first recipient of the award.
Leader of Bolton Council, Cllr Cliff Morris, said: “We are delighted with the conservation and regeneration of Albert Halls. We are also really pleased to be the first recipients of the Living Heritage award from Welsh Slate, which demonstrates the care and attention we have taken in restoring the halls, as we know it is an important building for Bolton people.
"The roof repairs and stonework repairs were essential as part of ongoing maintenance and the work will help maintain the building for many more years to come. Meanwhile the restoration of the Festival Hall, Lancaster Suite and other conference rooms will allow us to provide a modern multi-purpose venue, suitable for a range of activities from weddings to conferences.”
Anthony Dillon, managing director of Willmott Dixon in the North:
“We are really proud of the work carried out to Bolton Albert Halls, we have a very strong track record working with Grade II listed buildings and it is always a pleasure to bring these iconic and culturally significant buildings back to life. Hopefully the town hall will now continue to play a central role in the Bolton community for generations to come.”