Patrick Parsons have provided multi-discipline engineering services up to design phase in the restoration of the historic civic, Grade II listed building, Holyhead Market Hall.
Situated on the Isle of Anglesey, the building was originally built in 1855 and was once a focal point for the town but has been left disused for a number of years. With the ownership of the hall being passed to its local council in 2016, the council have offered a £2.375m heritage lottery fund to transform the neglected hall to an impressive new library and information hub. The project will provide the town and its residents with an educational and social space with the information hub directed towards visitors looking for local tourism places of interest.
The project scope includes the installation of new utility supplies including gas, water and electricity, the design of mechanical and electrical building services including energy efficient strategies and low carbon technologies. Features include intelligent lighting control systems with occupancy and daylight linking and energy monitoring of the electrical system, new photovoltaic and solar thermal panels been carefully incorporated into the existing roof structure and natural ventilation via roof mounted wind catchers.
The scheme is being designed to achieve BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, which would classify the building as a highly sustainable scheme.
Patrick Parsons are excited to be part of projects such as this, as the importance of retaining the heritage of towns and their communities lies in the ability to restore and take care of historic buildings. If not upgraded/restored, buildings such as Holyhead Market Hall would otherwise eventually disappear from the landscape, preventing future generations from learning of their significant heritage importance.