MISSION HALL OFFICES
Client: Places for People
Programme: Completed 2006
Built in 1792 by James Playfair, this Category B listed building has had a variety of uses, including that of a mission hall. Previous building operations had compromised a number of the original features and the building was generally dilapidated when Places for People and SSM carried out the refurbishment.
A range of scenarios was explored to establish the best balance between preservation of historic fabric and the Client’s operational requirements. The large galleried hall forms the main office and has been equipped with a blend of fixed and flexible furnishing systems. The areas under the gallery have been used most intensely for work stations with the areas in the middle of the floor being used generally for storage and circulation.
Most of the conversion work was concentrated in the basement where a new meeting room was created. It was a deliberate strategic decision to locate this here where no natural light was available and the interior design could create a successful artificial ambience, in a way that is generally difficult with office spaces.
The colour scheme and lighting design were carefully co-ordinated to provide a sense of drama, whilst producing a relaxing and comfortable environment.