Altrincham Masonic Hall

Planning permission has been granted for this stunning redevelopment of Altrincham Masonic Hall. Our scheme proposes the demolition of the existing buildings and the construction of a new, modern hall with up-to-date facilities and high environmental standards.  The site is in green belt land, so a carefully considered design with minimal footprint and built volume was important.

The site of the proposed development is currently occupied by two buildings. The larger building houses the Altrincham Masonic Lodges and is used for Masonic meetings and social events, it can also be hired as a private function room. The smaller building is used by the Cheshire Masonic Province as its regional offices. The site also has a large car park serving both buildings.

The two buildings have become unfit to fulfil their roles with regard to accessibility, efficiency and sustainability and the construction and fabric of the buildings is difficult and costly to run and maintain. The new building will comprise of a basement, ground floor and partial first floor. The Masonic Hall is to be located in the basement of the new structure. Historically, Lodge rooms do not require windows which makes this the most suitable setting within the building.

The existing buildings are a mix of styles and materials, built and extended over a period of years with no coherent style or character. By combining the multiple uses of the site into one building we are able to coordinate the appearance to form a single architectural style.

The applicant is keen to use progressive building techniques to maximise efficiencies in construction and operation. This will have the double benefit of reducing the carbon footprint at both construction stage and throughout the life of the building. The massing and style of the new Hall has been designed to work with the proposed building methods using contemporary cladding to the majority of the building.

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