Middleton based company has been appointed to lead the transformation of the Clock Tower Dining Room as part of the multi-million pound restoration of Rochdale Town Hall.

The team at interior construction specialists Dragonfly, will create a stunning offer within the existing cafe space, which has been remodelled as part of the wider town hall restoration project to include a second entrance and an outdoor seating area and terracing at the back.

The creatives won the pitch with their plans to bring the outside in with extensive planting to create a botanical feel and their idea for a rich deep red and blue colour palette with elements of green, to mirror some of the beautiful colours found on the painted walls throughout the building.

A variety of seating will be introduced to cater for different audiences, including cosy soft seating, booths, banquettes and higher tables and chairs for shorter stay diners.

The commission is part of the ongoing restoration of the grade I listed town hall, which includes the restoration of many of the building’s heritage features and the opening up of spaces for community use, which were previously hidden from public view. These include a special exhibition space, which will tell the story of Rochdale, its history and its people and a new bright hall, which will complement the existing great hall and can be used for smaller events. New entrances and lifts will make the building fully accessible for the first time, while the opening times will be increased to encourage visitors to pop in and have a look around at their leisure.

Dragonfly will use their experience transforming other historic gems, including the Fire Up co-working space in Rochdale’s grade II listed old fire station, to create something fresh and new which also honours the town hall’s rich history. Historic England will be closely involved in helping to refine the plans as the project moves forward to ensure the changes honour the building’s coveted listed status. The name of the dining room will also be changed to reflect this exciting new chapter in the life of the town hall.

Local schoolchildren will also play a special role in the restaurant’s design, with Year 3 students from St. Margaret’s Primary School, Rochdale, working with Rochdale based artists, May Wild Studio, to create a piece of art, which will frame the doorway. The mosaic will feature pieces of pottery uncovered beneath Town Hall Square as part of the archaeological dig which took place in summer 2021.


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