26 February 2010
Expert consultants from WYG are set to revamp Barnard Castle in County Durham by helping to deliver a massive multi-million project.
The £5.8 million redevelopment project of Witham Hall in Barnard Castle will rejuvenate the town, providing space for developing businesses along with a new specialist regional food hall, while still offering all the community and cultural facilities that already exists.
Barnard Castle Vision and The Witham Trustees appointed WYG to provide mechanical and electrical design services on the project, which also includes construction of a new building and the restoration of a grade 2 listed building at The Witham Hall on Horsemarket, in the heart of the town’s retail centre.
Mike Kershaw, Director, WYG Engineering said: “We are committed to fulfilling our clients’ needs with innovative, practical solutions. It is intended that this building will be a model sustainable building, exemplary of energy conservation and low in cost to use.”
Key to the design will be the provision of joint-use spaces including a cinema which can alternatively be used as conference or exhibition space. There will also be a second flexible theatre/ event space and a gallery, as well as around 14 retail units in the new food hall.
Deborah Jenkins, Chairman of Barnard Castle Vision, said: “The designs for the redeveloped Witham Hall have been received with great enthusiasm.
“The new Witham Hall will continue its community and cultural role which is central to our market town, whilst the addition of the cinema and additional flexible theatre space will bring a new range of facilities for visitors and residents. The specialist food hall is designed to create a central hub for the region’s excellent food producers, enhancing the range of foods already available in the town and increasing Barnard Castle’s appeal throughout a wide area,” she added.
It is intended that the redevelopment will have multiple uses, including providing social space where people can taste the food and drink available in the specialist food hall. The project is also designed to enhance the area’s evening economy.