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Case Study - Trowbridge Town Council - Civic Centre Redevelopment

New £4.8 million Sustainable Civic Centre for Trowbridge

Delivered on schedule and within budget, the 47-week project to redevelop the original Trowbridge Civic Hall has created a high quality, energy efficient and sustainable landmark building for the Town.

The works involved extensive renovation of the existing 1970's Lansdown Hall and the construction of a new two-storey extension wrapped around the retained structure, to form a range of new facilities. These include conference and function suites for weddings, parties and concerts with kitchens and a bar, a new information centre and cafe', as well as new council offices.

To improve energy efficiency and reduce running costs, the building incorporates air source heat pumps for heating, with natural ventilation, and high levels of insulation. It has also been 'future proofed' so that alternative energy sources, such as solar power, can easily be added.

Challenges & Solutions

Thorough planning and careful management of the numerous specialist sub-contractors involved, especially for the interior fit out of the building, ensured that the Council's demanding time frame was achieved, even with additional work requests.

By chairing regular design team meetings Beard was able to work through every detail of the complex project, especially the interfaces of the different cladding materials used. This collaboration ensured smooth progression of the project with minimal surprises.


"Beard worked particularly well to identify savings and ensure additional work was completed within the original schedule, ensuring that sub-contractors were on site at the right time to deliver a key project for Transforming Trowbridge.”
Lance Allen, Town Clerk, Trowbridge Town Council


Customer - Trowbridge Town Council

Architect - Hydrock

Contract value - £4.8 million

Contract duration - 47 weeks

Procurement - Negotiated / Construction Framework South West