Rochdale Town Hall is a Grade I Listed and one of the best examples of Gothic architecture in the country. Insall were commissioned in July 2016 to carry out both external and internal condition surveys to inform a Heritage Fund Stage One bid submission in November 2016. Following a successful National Lottery Heritage Fund bid , Donald Insall Associates were appointed to lead the £16m redevelopment and transformation of Rochdale Town hall.
The project, due for completion in 2023, will restore the famous landmark’s many historic features, including the magna carta mural and ceiling panels in the great hall and its extensive stained glass windows. The Gothic masterpiece, which was once at the heart of civic life in the borough but is now used mainly for functions, will also be brought back into use for the public, with interpretation set to tell story of Rochdale and its people.
The old library on the first floor, which was more recently used as office space, will also be restored and re-opened for community use as the new Bright Hall, in honour of prominent industrialists and radical politicians, the Bright family.
A series of access improvements, including the installation of new lifts and toilets, will open up the spectacular space and make it more accessible to the public than ever before.