Grade II* Listed
The Old Town Hall, situation on Market Place in Mansfield was designed by William Adams Nicholson and the building work was completed in 1836. The Grade II* Listed Building is located in the heart of the town and is a rare example of a purpose built town hall constructed at private expense.
Aura secured the contract in June 2015 to carry out essential external repairs and internal repairs predominantly caused by failing roof coverings.
Internally the repairs were carried out to the main council chambers, in the style of a grand salon, with ornate surrounds to window and doors. A decorative moulded cornice and dado panels to the walls and coffered ceiling underwent repairs to damp affected areas with ornate detailing replicated to match the existing. Works to the basement areas to install new ventilation system were also carried out.
The external facade involved large scale restoration to replace existing failed repairs and to carry out new repairs to stonework including areas of open joints, delaminated stone face and indenting where necessary.
100% Re-pointing was carried out to the ashlar stone work to the main elevations, where stone detailing had been lost or was either broken or weathered. New carved stone was produced to replace and replicate the existing. Sash windows were refurbished followed by re-decoration inside and out.
The roof was in a poor condition and missing slates had therefore resulted in leaks to the main council chamber and upper offices. The roof required 100% new welsh slate replacements to the chambers and reclaimed slates to all other areas to address this problem. Lead lined valley gutters were also replaced. Chimney stacks were dismantled and re-built in replacement stone or original where possible to make safe the unstable masonry and chimney pots. A large amount of bird netting was also installed.
Aura worked closely with the architect, district council and conservation officer to ensure that the original design and fabric of the building was retained in the project and all features sympathetically restored.