RIBA-award-winning architects to design new Rodborough hall

A TEAM of award-winning architects are set to design a new community hall for Rodborough.

Rodborough Parish Council appointed Mitchell Eley Gould Architects to help design a new community hall at a council meeting on Monday, March 14, following an open procurement process which saw fourteen architectural practices compete for the opportunity to help deliver the ambitious project.

The appointment took place in response to a brief prioritising a carbon neutral model for construction and future use, targeting a building emission rate of less than 0 kg per sq metre and an A+ energy performance certificate.

The council’s brief also outlined a need for up to three versatile internal activity spaces, including a main hall seating at least 80, a medium sized space seating 25-30 and a smaller meeting room, alongside sports changing facilities, a well-equipped kitchen and a new parish council office.

Mitchell Eley Gould Architects are an award-winning architectural practice based in Bath, known for a range of work across the education, residential, commercial and conservation sectors. The practice particularly impressed the parish council with their commitment to innovation and community engagement.

Cllr Robin Layfield, chair of the parish council’s community hall development working group said: “Rodborough Parish Council is excited to be working with Mitchell Eley Gould on this project. The team really impressed us.

“Our brief has been developed over many months of careful consideration and prioritises Rodborough’s climate and community needs. It represents a key part of our response to Carbon Neutral 2030.”

A spokesperson for Mitchell Eley Gould said: “We are delighted to have been selected to work with Rodborough Parish Council. The brief and ambition from the council drew us to the project. We applaud the council’s sustainability objectives that match our own and we are very much looking forward to our collaboration to deliver this project for the community.

“As the scheme develops, we will be looking to establish engagement workshops to understand the wider views and objectives this scheme can achieve for the community. We truly believe this project can become a beacon for the community whilst establishing an exemplar model of how we build sustainably.”

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