Motherwell Old Town Hall reimagined as social housing
April 21 2021
The C-listed old Motherwell Town Hall is envisioned as playing host to 20 apartments for social rent under plans filed by North Lanarkshire Council and Mast Architects.
Currently owned by North Lanarkshire Properties, an arms-length subsidiary of the council, the building is split at present between a partially occupied business centre and an abandoned laser tag play area and cafe.
Now a long-term use for the historic landmark has been found which will necessitate partial demolition to the rear to allow the formation of a new courtyard, which will partially retain the courtyard boundary of the existing hall while introducing a new patinated copper rainscreen finish.
Renovations include a new metal roof covering for the dome of the main tower, masonry repairs and a refurbished clock face, renewed cast iron rain goods and refurbishment of the natural slate roof. As part of the works, all UPVC glazing will be replaced with heritage timber frames sash and case lookalikes.
Internally floorplates will be subdivided to provide a range of apartment types ranging from 55sq/m up to 78.9sq/m in size.