WEM TOWN HALL

Wem Town Hall (Wem Shropshire) by Contemporary, Modern and Conservation architects Baart Harries Newall (BHN architects) based in Shrewsbury.
Wem Town Hall
An Alteration to an Existing Victorian Town Hall.
Wem Town Hall was redeveloped as a lottery funded community arts venue in 1990 following a disasterous fire.  The Victorian front façade was retained, but most of the remainder of the building was replaced.
 
In practice the centre had struggled to justify its revenue costs, and the performance space had proved unpopular in terms of ambience, acoustics and functionality.
 
Wem Town Hall Trust have now taken over the running of the building, and the media faculty of the local high school have occupied the upper floor.
 
A new reception area and bar have been installed, to improve the attractiveness of the building from the street.  A new draft lobby, and lowered fabric ceilings improve the comfort of this area. The café area is now a busy public space during the day and evening.
 
A new secure gallery and admin offices have been provided off the reception hall.
 
The performance area has enhanced acoustic linings to the ceiling, and a new enclosed cinema projection/ sound control booth.
  
 
CLIENT:
Shropshire Council
 
LOCATION:
High Street, Wem, Shropshire, SY4 5DG
 
CONSTRUCTION VALUE:
Confidential
 
AWARDS:
Civic Trust Award 2012
 
  1. Wem Town Hall (Wem Shropshire) by Contemporary, Modern and Conservation architects Baart Harries Newall (BHN architects) based in Shrewsbury.
  2. Wem Town Hall (Wem Shropshire) by Contemporary, Modern and Conservation architects Baart Harries Newall (BHN architects) based in Shrewsbury.
  3. Wem Town Hall (Wem Shropshire) by Contemporary, Modern and Conservation architects Baart Harries Newall (BHN architects) based in Shrewsbury.
  4. Wem Town Hall (Wem Shropshire) by Contemporary, Modern and Conservation architects Baart Harries Newall (BHN architects) based in Shrewsbury.
  5. Wem Town Hall (Wem Shropshire) by Contemporary, Modern and Conservation architects Baart Harries Newall (BHN architects) based in Shrewsbury.
  6. Wem Town Hall (Wem Shropshire) by Contemporary, Modern and Conservation architects Baart Harries Newall (BHN architects) based in Shrewsbury.
  7. Wem Town Hall (Wem Shropshire) by Contemporary, Modern and Conservation architects Baart Harries Newall (BHN architects) based in Shrewsbury.
"The building is now truly flexible and versatile, and is used for a variety of purposes including, theatre, cinema, weekly market, playgroups, comedy club and murder mystery diners.  The creative mix of uses within the project not only creates much needed revenue to sustain the building, but has brought energy and life to it.  This is a successful and vibrant reuse of an existing building, providing a busy and popular facility in the centre of Wem".
 
Civic Trust 2012.