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Help shape the future of Rodborough Community Hall


Local residents are being invited to an afternoon of workshops to help shape the redevelopment of Rodborough Community Hall, on Sunday, May 8th.

Following Rodborough Parish Council’s decision in March to appoint Mitchell Eley Gould Architects to help design a new Community Hall for the people of Rodborough, the council and architects are holding these special engagement sessions to offer the wider public the chance to help shape the future design of the hall.

Rodborough Parish Council has already set out a clear brief which includes prioritising a carbon-neutral model for construction and future use, targeting a building emission rate of less than 0 kg per square metre and an A+ energy performance certificate. In addition to this, the council are keen to engage with local residents and hall hirers in order to ensure the designs include all the necessary elements to maximise its potential for the use of the people of Rodborough.

Design Workshop | Help shape the future of Rodborough Community Hall

The council’s brief also outlines its need for up to three versatile internal activity spaces, including the main hall seating at least 80, a medium-sized space seating 25-30 and a smaller meeting room, alongside sports changing facilities, a well-equipped kitchen and a new parish council office.

Mitchell Eley Gould Architects are an award-winning architectural practice based in Bath, known for a range of work across the education, residential, commercial and conservation sectors. During the application process the practice particularly impressed the parish council with their commitment to community engagement and innovation.

The workshops will take place at Rodborough Community Hall on the afternoon of Sunday, May 8th with an open session for all to attend (no booking required) from 2pm – 4pm, and a special design workshop (booking required) from 4pm – 5pm. Booking for the design workshop is now open at https://bit.ly/3JGL183  

Cllr Robin Layfield, chair of the parish council’s Community Hall Development Working Group said: Rodborough Parish Council is delighted to be holding these sessions for the people of Rodborough to help shape the designs of the new community hall. One of the things which particularly impressed us about Mitchell Eley Gould was their commitment to community engagement, so it is great to see that they have hit the ground running. We hope as many local residents as possible will come along to these sessions to play their part in shaping the future of Rodborough Community Hall.”

Mitchell Eley Gould architect Jake Richardson said: “The team at Mitchell Eley Gould are really looking forward to these workshops, and the opportunity to talk to local residents about what they need from their new community hall.  We have been very impressed by the parish council’s ambitious vision, but we also want to talk to the wider public in Rodborough to find out about their needs. That’s why we have designed these sessions to help us understand the wider views and objectives this scheme can achieve for the community.  We want the completed hall to be a beacon for community life in Rodborough, and an exemplar for sustainable building.”

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