Hall for Cornwall

The project involves the full refurbishment of all public parts of the BREEAM ‘Very Good’-rated Hall for Cornwall and the creation of a new multi-layered auditorium, which will reveal the stunning historic fabric of the building to maintain its core cultural purpose to entertain.

Hall for Cornwall occupies an important Grade II-listed heritage building built in 1846. November 2017 marked the 20th anniversary of the opening of the theatre, The refurbishment will enable enhanced capacity and comfort with 300 additional seats. Skelly & Couch is providing improved building services, using reverse ventilation strategy from top down to displacement. New boilers and cooling systems will be put in place, and a ground source heat pump. All of these features, including a significant amount of heat recovery through new ventilation, will result in lower energy consumption by the theatre.

Skelly & Couch is improving building services, providing a new displacement ventilation system, constrained within the limits of the existing listed building and strict planning conditions. New fire safety and variable acoustic measures are also being introduced, together with new lighting, heating, water andSkelly & Couch is improving building services, providing a new displacement ventilation system, constrained within the limits of the existing listed building and strict planning conditions. New fire safety and variable acoustic measures are also being introduced, together with new lighting, heating, water and power distribution throughout. A water-to-water heat pump is used to provide cooling where required, with the ‘waste’ heat being used in the heating system.

The project will benefit from the £20 million cultural investment announced by the Government as part of the 2016 Budget. Subject to planning permission, Hall for Cornwall is expected to receive £2 million for this refurbishment.

Additionally, Truro City Hall has become a recent project of focus in relation to Hall For Cornwall, as the building’s importance from past to present is being re-ignited through Revealing City Hall: One Building, 1265 Voices. Development funding for this pilot project was given to Hall for Cornwall in August 2016 from the Heritage National Lottery Fund, which recognised the community spirit of Cornwall embedded in the building’s 350-year history. The funding will cover plans to conserve and refresh the Grade-II listed site for City Hall and sustain its presence as the municipal and cultural heart of Cornwall.

Alongside this proposed redevelopment including a new theatre auditorium, there are plans for a capital project to transform Truro into a business hub for the creative industries. The new QuayWorks hub will be funded by the European Regional Development Fund, and it will provide shared workspaces for creative businesses to rent on a long-term basis, as well as provide a base for the Hall for Cornwall staff. A collaboration between Hall for Cornwall and Falmouth University will lead the success of the hub, as graduates and start-ups will be encouraged to get involved through support programmes. It is hoped that these new projects will fuel growth for the Cornish economy.