Grade II listed building constructed between 1906 and 1939 and was the venue for David Bowie’s wedding in 1970. This former Town Hall went on to be used as premises for Bromley college until 2006/07. Originally built in 1906 by R Frank Atkinson in a neo-Wren style using red brick with stone quoins and window dressings.
The Old Town Hall in Bromley consists of two separate buildings. The first structure was built in 1906 and comprises a period stone staircase and plaster features. The second was built in 1939 and was art deco in design. It also holds a nuclear bunker in the basement built during The Cold War.
The 1906 and 1939 buildings are the site of the former town hall and is being converted into shared office spaces for local businesses. The new design is sympathetic to retain and restore many of the period features; cornices, plastered domes and an ornate stone staircase. We will detail the repairs to this red-brick façade and will be extending into the roof space. The hipped pitched slate roof has a central timber cupola with a copper roof above the main entrance porch.
In the 1939 building, there is a large loft space which is being converted into further office space. There is an existing concrete ceiling slab and we are carrying out non-intrusive investigations with a view to carry on the works without the need to strengthen the structural elements. In the basement of this building, we are converting a nuclear bunker into offices, storage, showers and bike racks. The 600mm concrete floor slab contained within this bunker, we are retaining as much as possible and limiting excavations by setting the drainage into the slab. This solution is not only cost-effective for the client but also offsets the CO2 emissions due to less breaking up of the old concrete material.
A modern, single-storey extension over part of the 1906 building is to be demolished and a new 2 storey, 28-bed hotel constructed over the existing remaining building. The new hotel will consist of a 2 storey steel frame with proprietary metal web floor joists and a concrete roof. These joists have been used due to the tight structural area as they will maximise the floor to ceiling heights for the occupants. The new 2 storeys have been designed over the existing building without the need for the original structure to be further strengthened…
The project started on site in 2020 and is due to complete in 2021.
Reconstructing facades with an independent steel frame restraint system
Site regeneration, creating a legacy for the benefit of the local community
Structural Inspection of a Grade II listed building
The Strength ‘beneath’ the Building