Nestled in leafy green parkland, the Grade II listed Worden Hall had fallen into disrepair, suffering from substantial water ingress with failing building services the hall was rapidly deteriorating. Housing only a small café occupying less than 10% of the building footprint, it was unsafe and unsuitable for community use.
Following a £2.8 million investment, in June 2018 South Ribble Borough Council undertook a feasibility study and option appraisal for the Hall. Architects Purcell created the initial designs through to planning application stage and after extensive public consultation the preferred design proposal was a Community Venue and exclusive weddings and event space.
Once appointed, Wilson Mason applied a strategic approach to the building budget, simplifying the design and concentrating on stabilising the building fabric through sensitive restoration works. The interior design delivered with the contract was developed in consultation with The Artistry House Interiors.
By establishing lower running costs and reduced ongoing maintenance costs, the Hall is able to provide a broad spectrum of functions to serve the local community, including event and wedding spaces, community use and gallery spaces, independent retail units, ‘ghost’ kitchen facilities for events, along with the rehoused Folly Coffee House & Café.
This sympathetic restoration, which has enhanced a number of key architectural features including the original clock tower, has become the heart of this award-winning park and secured the long-term future of the building.
Photography South Ribble Borough Council