The Grade I-Listed Shire Hall, built in 1724 to the design of Philip Fisher of Bristol, is the most important secular building in Monmouth. No longer a court for the Assizes, the building was underused and required upgrading despite its use by the Town Council and Tourist Information Office. Purcell was commissioned to help secure a successful Heritage Lottery Fund Stage I bid and to lead the repair and modernisation of the building.
Our initial feasibility study was used alongside an exhibition for the consultation process to identify a preferred option for the future of the building as a whole. We worked closely with Monmouthshire County Council and local community representatives to secure a substantial successful Heritage Lottery Fund Stage I bid.
Our proposals advocated the restoration of the historic courtroom and the introduction of new interpretation facilities. We restored the historic courtroom, grand central staircase and the Henry V and Sir Henry Rolls statues that grace its forecourt.
We also advised the enhancement of community spaces to provide meeting and function rooms, accessible via a new lift. A new glass entrance lobby provides increased security, better environmental controls and a new public face for the refurbished Hall.