Chapel Street, Thornbury, BS35 2BJ
To book the Armstrong Hall, please phone 01454 412103 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm).
For the Armstrong Hall Supervisor, please phone 01454 412060.
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Further consultation is taking place on the future of the Armstrong Hall in Thornbury, with a new option to rebuild the Hall on its current site now also being considered.
This new consultation builds on earlier consultation undertaken in the Autumn which set out proposals to refurbish the Armstrong Hall on its existing site or relocate the facilities currently provided into a new build extension to the side of Turnberries. Since then South Gloucestershire Council has made the decision to move the Library into Turnberries.
Thornbury Town Council and the Armstrong Hall Charitable Trust has undertaken further work to address the concerns raised which saw 75% of respondents preferring facilities to remain in the current location and developed a new third option to completely rebuild the Armstrong Hall on the existing site.
This new rebuild option is estimated to cost approx £4.9 million and would see the current Armstrong Hall demolished and rebuilt, whilst retaining and incorporating the Cossham Hall and Museum. This option would enable the site to provide increased facilities, a larger and more flexible hall, improved performance space and additional capacity to meet the growing population of Thornbury. It also addresses the concerns raised about retaining the historic Cossham Hall, how the museum would be accommodated and retains local ownership of a key asset.
Further work has also been undertaken on the refurbishment option to provide more detail about the facilities that could be provided and modernised and the cost of this is now estimated at £2.85 million.
With regards to the third option to relocate the facilities currently provided at the Armstrong Hall to a new build extension at Turnberries, South Gloucestershire Council have now confirmed that they are not willing to transfer the freehold of the Turnberries site to a locally based organisation.
Instead they would offer a 50 year lease in return for significant investment of approx £4 million nto the site and further negotiations about who would manage and operate the facility with the existing leaseholders would still need to take place. Also if this option was progressed, it is proposed that the existing Armstrong Hall site would be sold for redevelopment, and the proceeds used to part fund any new facilities at Turnberries. Since the previous consultation, the Town Council and Trust have undertaken further work and on the development potential and associated valuation of the Armstrong Hall site. This has significantly reduced the capital receipt the site would be likely able to generate and increased the amount of alternative funding that would need to be found to fund these works.
Cllr Helen Harrison, Mayor of Thornbury and Chair of the Armstrong Hall Trust said “We have listened to the views of people who responded to the previous consultation and have spent time developing a new option that helps to address the concerns raised. Having considered South Gloucestershire Council’s offer regarding the ownership and governance of the Turnberries proposal, together with further information about the design and costs of all the
options, the trustees and councillors now favour retaining and improving the Armstrong Hall facilities on the current site.
We would urge as many people as possible to take part in this second consultation so that their views on this new option and updated information can be taken into consideration when we make our decision as to which option to progress next month.”
To help inform these decisions, views are sought from local people over the next month, which will be considered as part of the decision making process. The consultation will run until 9 March.
Click here to download and read the consultation document on the future of the Armstrong Hall, published February 2018.
You can also tell us your views by emailing: email@example.com or phone: 01454 412103. A decision on the future of these important facilities is expected to be taken by the Armstrong Hall Charitable Trust and Thornbury Town Council on 20 March.
If you need somewhere in Thornbury to hold a meeting or event, the Armstrong Hall complex offers a wide range of facilities.
The original Cossham Hall was presented to Thornbury in 1888 and is suitable for small concerts, cinema screenings and meetings, with a capacity of 140, including 40 in a gallery.
The main Armstrong Hall seats around 350, and is readily adaptable for all types of functions, dances, discos, trade promotions and exhibitions.
It has a stage and dressing rooms, lighting and sound equipment, cinema screen and raised seating. There are also kitchen facilities, smaller meeting rooms and a licensed bar.
A refurbished bakery forms an annexe to the main building and is available as an extra meeting or activity room.
Large numbers of local groups and organisations use the complex on a regular basis, including the Women's Institute, Townswomen's Guild, Blood Donors, Horticultural Society, Flower Club, Weight Watchers, Stamp Club, Camera Club, Northavon Youth Theatre, Age Concern, Rosemary Conley Fitness, Eastwood Gardeners Club, Choices Club for The Disabled and Country Music Club.
The complex is also the venue for part of the Thornbury Arts Festival and for productions by the Thornbury Amateur Dramatic Society and the Thornbury Musical Theatre Group.
If you would like to hire any part of the Armstrong Hall complex, see the Armstrong Hall web site for more details or contact office staff at the Town Hall.