The re-working of the existing, early twentieth century, Cooperative Halls and their extension to provide additional reception, meeting and administrative accommodation, brings together two distinctly different built forms whose respective aesthetics are a century apart.
The extension is an uncompromising and refreshing answer. Following the iconic five bay rhythm of the existing block, its clearly delineated frame is pulled up to align with the eaves level of the old. This compromises neither building, while providing a development with great integrity. Extending the frame of the extension also adds a roof terrace to the staff facilities. The clutter of the original spaces has been cleared with the insertion of timber pods and glass meeting rooms. This is an exceptional work of affordable architecture, true to its time and its place.