Approval sought for Eyemouth Burgh Chambers conversion
June 7 2016
The B-listed Church Street building dates from 1880 and sits at the heart of Eyemouth’s conservation area but has lain disused for a quarter of a century, casting doubt on its future.
To this end the BIG Lottery are being asked to fund the repair, conservation and re-use of the local landmark, enabling it to be converted for a range of uses including an eco-innovation centre, business hub, community centre, function room offices, café and shop.
This will see Camerons Architects undertake a number of major interventions including demolition of the former town hall to the rear, distinguished only by its hammer beam roof, to allow a new extension to be built.
Outlining their design approach the architects observed: “The strong architectural features of the former Burgh Chambers will continue to command the Church Street elevation and the junction with Renton Terrace as the primary frontage, while a new contemporary public face will be created along the north elevation, containing a new accessible entrance and bringing new life to Renton Terrace.”
To link old and new elements a new entrance, stairwell will be built on Renton Street to enhance accessibility and natural light levels.
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