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Shiplake Memorial Hall

Shiplake Memorial Hall

Shiplake Memorial Hall is a bespoke general purpose meeting hall with ancillary service facilities, built to serve the local community in remembrance of local residents who lost their lives serving their country during the Great War of 1914-1918.  Originally the ‘Shiplake Memorial Hall and Institute’, provided social and recreational facilities, but today its functions range from local amateur dramatics, health and keep fit classes, hosting wedding breakfasts and social events and accommodating a local pre-school Playgroup.

The Client brief required the upgrading of the ancillary facilities, replacing their existing sub-standard kitchen, storage and sanitary accommodation, to meet current standards and provide better facilities suited to the expectations of their varied clientele.

The works also required the creation of more prominent and ‘user friendly’ public access, for fully ambulant and disabled users together with necessary repair and upgrading the existing main hall roof structure and fabric.

LocationShiplake Cross, Henley on Thames
ClientShiplake Memorial Hall Committee
Type of Project-
Year 2013
Services ProvidedFull RIBA Work Stages
Contract Value-
Project DescriptionExtension to existing hall to provide new sanitary and kitchen accommodation together with repairs to the existing building fabric

Shiplake Memorial Hall Committee asked RRA to extend its existing hall to provide new sanitary and kitchen accommodation as well as making repairs to the existing building fabric.

A unique and historic building was augmented with consideration to the original, idiosyncratic design with a new and modern addition that blends with the original structure while allowing the hall to continuing being a useful space for the community the foreseeable future.