Project NameGuildhall Redevelopment / Restoration
Project LocationSwansea
Contract PeriodGuildhall Phase 5 – 50 weeks
Project Start Date (on site)July 2013
Practical Completion30th July 2014
Contract Value£5,147,285.61
Type of WorkRestoration, Conservation and M&E upgrade
Construction ProductGuildhall / Public Building
ArchitectMajd Nimatalla, Powell Dobson Architects
Project Manager / Contract AdministratorJamie Lannen, AECOM
QS/Cost ConsultantsDavid Owen, AECOM
Clerk of WorksN/A
Structural EngineerRoy Blackburn, Roy Blackburn
Electrical EngineerDan Carter, McCann and Partners
Mechanical EngineerGeraint Hopkins, McCann and Partners
Planning SupervisorNeil Smith, City and County of Swansea
Main ContractorIan Hawkins, John Weaver Contractors
Building ControlJon Roberts, City and County of Swansea
Project Overview

photo-7In 2006 the Council embarked on an ambitious phased programme of refurbishment and restoration of the Guildhall Complex. The refurbishment of the Brangwyn Hall is the final phase of this programme.

The refurbishment and restoration of the Brangwyn Hall started on the 15th July 2013 and was completed on the 8 July 2014 (handover date), the value of this final phase is £6 Million.

The Guildhall, being a Grade 1 Listed Building, one of a handful in Wales and arguably one of the finest, is an extremely complex and difficult building in which to carry out major refurbishment and restoration work of the kind that has been successfully undertaken and completed throughout the restoration programme.


One of the main challenges for the Project Team has been to undertake the removal and replacement of pipe work and electrical cables hidden within a maze of ducts located behind walls, above ceilings and below floors. All this had to be done without affecting the special internal features found throughout the Brangwyn hall. General restoration of fine ceilings, stonework, woodwork features called for significant skill and specialism.

Brief List of Works Undertaken

  • Complete renewal of mechanical and electrical services throughout the Hall and adjoining areas.
  • Renewal of roof coverings,
  • Refurbishment of window throughout the hall
  • Restoration and redecoration of fine ceilings; within the hall and adjoining rooms/areas
  • Restoration of timber floors to the main hall.
  • Restoration of fine joinery and plasterwork.
  • The installation of a stage lift making it easier to store and re-locate piano’s and general furniture etc.
  • Refurbishment of the bar area, with the installation of a new roof lantern brining in natural light.
  • Restoration of light lanterns within the hall and adjoining rooms area; which now have state of the art energy efficient fittings
  • Restoration and cleaning of internal and external stone work.
  • The provision of accessible facilities such as a new Family Changing Room.
  • New internal directional signage.
  • Installation of fire evacuation lift

There have been in excess of 110,000 man hours expended upon the refurbishment of the Brangwyn Hall alone, with – on occasions – over 90 persons being employed on site on a given day.  More than 65% of the labour engaged on this site resided within the ‘Swansea’ area. Works at the Guildhall / Brangwyn Hall has provided countless employment and training opportunities – to date some 15 apprentices have been engaged and subsequently obtained their vocational qualifications whilst working on this project.

City & Council of Swansea – Guildhall Redevelopment / Restoration

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