Repton Village Hall
bi Design were first approached in 2006 by Repton Village Hall committee to design a replacement village hall. The existing hall was in a poor state of repair, and no longer served the changing needs of the hall tenants, it took around 12 years to raise the necessary funds to complete the new hall in August 2019.
The proposed development needed to be cost-effective and functional whilst having the ability to be adaptable and attractive to potential occupants. The committee’s brief was to maintain the main hall size and add a community café and meeting room.
The existing hall car park is within a flood risk area, and as a consequence, the building had to be designed over the footprint of the existing hall, it could not encroach over the car park as this has flooded in the past. Also, we could not reduce the size of the car park as this would have impacted on the neighbours, by formally marking out the parking spaces, we managed to be able to get 12 more cars off the road. We could not extend towards Brookside Close either as there is a public sewer running parallel with the main hall. The only space we could use to increase the floor area was towards Askew Grove, this allowed enough space for the community cafe. The corridor/gallery on the car park side, allowed the room at the back to be used as a separate meeting room, as well as an important greeting area for larger functions.
The finished building is constructed from a mixture of facing brick & render with a striking metal standing seam roof, all specified to not only look attractive but to be economical and require minimal maintenance. The building integrates nicely into the established street scene whilst standing out as a focal point for the community. The spaces created to cater to the community needs with easily maintained landscaped areas, practical internal spaces, and the main air-conditioned hall with its high ceiling and acoustic specification is perfect for shows and performances.
Darryn’s Grandma celebrated her 90th birthday in February 2020 in the hall, with all of her family which she loved, and as she had lived in the village for so long, she could remember when the original village hall burnt down sometime in the ’50s!