Lansdown Hall is a Grade 2 listed building, built in 1879 for the people of Stroud.
It was purchased by Stroud Town Council in 2011 as a community venue for the town.
The Town Council has invested in a number of major improvements to the building, securing it for the future benefit of Stroud residents.
Works so far have included:
- the development of a fully accessible gallery
- essential maintenance of stonework, gutters and windows
- an extension providing a new green room and storage
- air to water heat pumps for extra efficiency
- access improvements
The building is leased to and managed by Lansdown Hall and Gallery a small charity run by a Board of Trustees, with part time staff and many enthusiastic volunteers.
The venue is used as a community centre for Stroud and is available for evening events and daytime classes including: music, drama performances, film screenings, private parties, dance groups, tai chi, pilates, choirs and youth drama.
For more information and to book please go to www.lansdownhall.org
Lansdown Hall next steps
In June and July 2016, the Town Council and Lansdown Hall and Gallery held a consultation on the ongoing project to renovate and improve the building. The full report on the survey can be downloaded here.
A final stage of works is now being designed, which will provide a new accessible entrance to the hall from Bank Gardens, an improved bar and toilets and additional lighting in Bank Gardens. We have budgeted £230,000 for this project of which £130,00 will come from money previously borrowed from the Public Works Loan Board and currently held in our reserves and the balance from grant applications. The architects are currently drawing up detailed plans which will be subject to a public consultation. Some elements will be completed in 2019, but most of the works will be done in 2020.
You can read more about the decision-making process in the agenda papers for the Council meeting in December. It was ultimately decided not to include an expensive ventilation scheme to keep the cost down to what could be managed with the existing reserve and grant funding.