Northumberland County Hall

Project Summary

Portland worked alongside NCC’s in-house architectural team and external architects to create a reinvigorated and extended County Hall.

The revitalized County Hall building featured a new reception and exhibition area, café, meeting suite and rationalized parking areas with a pedestrian plaza.

Our Approach

Structurally, the project comprised of three discrete areas:

These discrete structural areas were the extension and remodelling of the reception area, the extension and remodelling of the restaurant and the extension of the meeting suite to provide additional space.

A particular challenge was the slender, colonnade effect to the new reception and this required a detailed and considered structural design to be undertaken along with detailed structural surveys of the existing 1970s building, which had previously been extended on several occasions.

Works within the courtyard areas meant that ‘buildability’ was a key consideration and light weight building materials were used to aid manual handling.

As part of the works, a full accessibility assessment was undertaken with many revisions being made to internal and external areas to enhance accessibility.


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