“The renovation of the Old Town Hall wasn’t just about the rebirth of a unique and iconic building. It was part of our bigger vision to give the town centre a new focal point and a place where people from all communities – and new visitors – could enjoy leisure time in a pleasant and modern environment.
The Old Town Hall represents a huge boost to Oldham with the creation of more than 230 new jobs and the attraction of new private investment. It is worth an estimated £5.4 million to our local economy, drawing around 224,000 extra visitors per year.
It has also won an impressive haul of awards and nominations and this shows that we must have got something right.” Cllr Jean Stretton, Leader of the Council
As part of Oldham Council’s wider regeneration programme, the need to improve the town centre’s social offering was a key requirement to encourage residents and out-of-town visitors to the area and help grow the economy. Central to this was the need for a cinema. The Grade II listed Old Town Hall was a central focal-point but had been unused for many years and fallen into disrepair. Oldham Council had an ambition to renovate this iconic building and put it to modern use, while retaining as many of the original features as possible for future generations to enjoy.
How visitors travelled to the new leisure facilities via the road network, with clear signage to parking, consideration to public transport routes and continued accessibility to other key town centre amenities, were critical to its ultimate success. For this, Oldham Council needed a consultant who had the highway expertise and experience to work with their appointed architects to deliver the project.
Unity Partnership provided Highways Design services that included horizontal and vertical modelling, pavement design, natural stone and flexible surfacing, drainage, street lighting co-ordination, traffic signs and road markings and inspections.
Our Regulatory Services ensured all traffic regulation orders and temporary traffic regulation orders were managed. We also provided co-ordination of utility diversions, works phasing, permitting and stakeholder consultation.
Our effective consultation and design development strategy ensured that the project delivered the original objectives by creating a unique, high-quality street scene and introducing a new public transport interchange facility.
In doing so, the programme has received recognition through multiple successful awards including:
- 3 RICS North West Awards 2017 – ‘Project of the Year’, ‘Design through Innovation’ and ‘Regeneration’
- 2 RIBA North West Awards 2017 – ‘RIBA North West Award’ and ‘Conservation Award’
- North West Regional Construction Awards 2017 (Constructing Excellence) – ‘Preservation and Rejuvenation’
- Local Authority Building Excellence Awards 2017 – ‘Best Change of Use of an Existing Building or Conversion’
- Mixology North Awards 2016 – ‘Hospitality Interior of the Year’.
- The Institution of Structural Engineers North West Structural Awards 2017 – best ‘ Large Project’