Chelsea Old Town Hall Refurbishment: preserving the beauty and significance of a local landmark
A much-needed internal face-lift of the loved Grade II* listed Chelsea Old Town Hall began in early 2018. The Council’s Cabinet approved an increased scope of works in January 2017 to give the historically significant building a careful refurbishment which will provide new facilities while reconciling heritage issues with the needs of modern local government.
What is being proposed?
The works include modernising the office accommodation and some public areas (excluding Chelsea Library), and restoring the Main Hall, Small Hall and the Cadogan Suite to their Victorian grandeur. Improvements to the Registrar’s Office, the reception area and to the toilets form part of the proposed works. The refurbishment will be undertaken in phases to ensure the building remains open throughout the works with minimal disruption. The building will continue to house the Citizens Advice Bureau, library, and some Council staff following the refurbishment. Further details regarding possible disruption to services caused by the refurbishment will be shared as they become available.
A planning application was submitted in late May 2017 and successfully granted in July 2017. Work began in January 2018 and is due to complete in early 2019.
The contractor appointed for the project; Ark Build Plc are now on site and works are underway.
At present, refurbishment to the lower ground and ground floors are being carried out. On the lower ground floor; ceilings and other items are being stripped out and cleared to make way for new services and redecoration.
On the ground floor the contractor is currently redecorating the Main Hall, Small Hall and the Cadogan room.