Oldham Old Town Hall
Oldham Town Hall is a landmark Grade II listed building situated on a steeply sloping site in Oldham Town Centre Conservation Area. BDP’s design unlocks the potential for the adaptive re-use of the former Town Hall building and reinstates it at the heart of a wider town centre regeneration within a revitalised ‘Cultural Quarter’. Our design retains all three fine sandstone and red brick elevations of the existing building and also restores the finest of the surviving decorated rooms within. A new glass and sandstone extension ingeniously resolves the circulation and levels issues whilst simultaneously completing the westerly aspect of the building with a dramatic ‘light-box’ frontage which addresses a new public square, bringing the original building back to life as a cohesive whole.
Lighting the staircase
To help with wayfinding, lighting is also inserted on the undersides of handrails – a technique easily facilitated with LED cable runs and increasingly adopted.
BDP appointed Mike Stoane lighting to create a bespoke chandelier from its high-tech modular, configurable range. The result hangs unobtrusively above the stairwell, its directional luminaires individually positioned to dapple light all around the volume, power leads invisibly integrated into the suspension cables.
Its massive illuminated facade dramatically reflected in the rainwater coursing across the sandstone of Oldham’s Parliament Square, the town’s new nocturnal vista takes on the alluring quality of a film noir.
The concourse lighting strategy was to use minimal downlighting and gain dramatic effects in other ways. The downlights provide tight pools of floor illumination while high level, narrow dual aspect beam luminaires highlight the original glazed brick pilasters.