|Project Name||Guildhall Redevelopment / Restoration|
|Contract Period||Guildhall Phase 5 – 50 weeks|
|Project Start Date (on site)||July 2013|
|Practical Completion||30th July 2014|
|Type of Work||Restoration, Conservation and M&E upgrade|
|Construction Product||Guildhall / Public Building|
|Architect||Majd Nimatalla, Powell Dobson Architects|
|Project Manager / Contract Administrator||Jamie Lannen, AECOM|
|QS/Cost Consultants||David Owen, AECOM|
|Clerk of Works||N/A|
|Structural Engineer||Roy Blackburn, Roy Blackburn|
|Electrical Engineer||Dan Carter, McCann and Partners|
|Mechanical Engineer||Geraint Hopkins, McCann and Partners|
|Planning Supervisor||Neil Smith, City and County of Swansea|
|Main Contractor||Ian Hawkins, John Weaver Contractors|
|Building Control||Jon Roberts, City and County of Swansea|
In 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.