Wates Construction has held an event to mark the 10 year anniversary of Birmingham Town Hall’s flagship restoration, celebrating the past, present and future one of the country’s most important and inspiring civic buildings.
Officially opened in 1834, The Town Hall’s neo-classical design is based on the ancient Temple of Castor and Pollux in the Roman Forum, and came to represent a new design concept in 19th century British architecture. The venue has played host to some of the most important cultural icons of the past two hundred years, including Charles Dickens, Elgar and The Beatles.
As part of the landmark £35m refurbishment programme, Birmingham Town Hall was closed in 1997. The renovation saw the historic building transformed to guarantee its structural integrity, and to allow it to cater for modern day audiences, including significantly improved access and amenities for disabled visitors.
Following Wates’ decade-long work on the project, the building was officially reopened by HRH Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in 2007, and has since reaffirmed its status as one of the country’s most prestigious concert halls.
The event began with an introduction from Phil Harrison, Managing Director, Wates Construction Midlands and North. Nick Loveland, Chief Operating officer for the Town Hall & Symphony Hall (THSH), then provided the audience with an insight into how the renovation has supported the THSH’s mission to bring more music to more people, as well as the socioeconomic impact the building’s success since 2007 has had on the wider Birmingham area.
The project’s architect, Barry Adams, was on hand to discuss his experience in designing the new look building, and a gallery of images demonstrated the full scale of the Town Hall’s transformation. Entertainment was provided by representatives of the THSH’s talent development programmes, which are designed to help young musicians from diverse backgrounds achieve their goals and reach their potential.
John Carlin, Business Unit Director, Wates Construction Midlands, commented:
“Our Midlands team is rightly proud of its renovation of Birmingham Town Hall, and this was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the hard work that went into this project.
It was an absolute pleasure to speak to so many people whose expertise helped shape the wonderful building we look at today. Ten years since the reopening, we’re happy to still have a strong presence in Birmingham, including our current work at The Bank on Broad Street, one of the city’s most significant and ambitious residential developments.
We look forward to further growing our presence in the region in years to come, helping to create more buildings befitting this magnificent city.”