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Chelsea Old Town Hall

Chelsea Old Town Hall
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Chelsea Old Town Hall

An internal refurbishment of the outstanding Grade II* listed Chelsea Old Town Hall is nearing completion after a year-long project.

Located on the King’s Road, Chelsea Old Town Hall is a stunning late Victorian building that currently serves as a beautiful backdrop for weddings, product sales and exhibitions, corporate events and private functions.

At the heart of the building are the Main Hall, the Small Hall and the Cadogan Suite. The Main Hall is a superb example of late Victorian neo-classical architecture with its vaulted ceilings, marble columns, sprung wooden floor and cove lighting. The Small Hall and Cadogan Suite sit adjacent to the Main Hall and both include an ornate fireplace and standout decorations. In the Cadogan Suite the project team was able to restore the original wooden floor, which had been hidden under layers of carpet and vinyl.

In January 2017 it was decided by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Cabinet that a programme of careful refurbishment should be undertaken. The works include modernising the office accommodation and some public areas (excluding Chelsea Library), and restoring the Main Hall, Small Hall and the Cadogan Suite to their Victorian grandeur. Work began on site in January 2018 and will be completed in early 2019. It is being overseen by the main contractor Ark Build PLC.

The last redecoration of Chelsea Old Town Hall was undertaken by Campbell Smith and Co in 1971. Almost half a century later the company’s expertise and in depth knowledge of historical decorative schemes was called upon to provide consultancy for the provision of a schedule of works and the design of a new colour scheme.

The colour design and production of the accompanying schedule of works for the Main Hall, Small Hall and Cadogan Suite formed the first phase of the project. Implementing its own design, Campbell Smith and Co carried out the redecoration, conservation clean, scagliola repairs, gilding, French polishing, faux marble repairs and ornate metal repairs to both halls. The highest quality of fine decorating was required for the Main Hall’s ornate plaster mouldings.

Alongside work to these historically significant areas, the project is also improving everyday workspaces. Office accommodation, toilets, kitchens, ancillary areas and circulation spaces are all being refurbished. The main reception and Registrar’s areas including Reception and Ceremony Rooms are undergoing a redesign and refurbishment. Employees and visitors will benefit from new ventilation, lighting and air conditioning.

Work continues to be carried out in phases so as to minimise disruption and allow the building to remain open for the duration of the project.

Chelsea Old Town Hall is a building of great historical significance. This refurbishment will allow it to continue to serve the public with modern facilities, whilst preserving the past for future generations to enjoy.

Chelsea Old Town Hall

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