The overall floor area of the new village hall at Norbury is 375sq.m. The hall design replicates the appearance of a number of local traditional stone built barns in and around the village of Norbury, in South Shropshire.
The principal hall is a double height space with projecting sloping catslide type roof that covers the ancillary accommodation comprising of the store room, kitchen and entrance lobby. There is a further single storey mono pitched roof section at the western end of the building which contains the meeting room and wc areas. This has been designed as a single storey lean-to type extension giving the appearance that the original barn (the main hall area) has been extended over a period of time. This is typical of barns in the locality which have been adapted to provide additional accommodation to suit changes in agricultural practice.
The principal external elevations comprise of a grey green stone to match the existing local stone. To soften the appearance of the stone a composite cladding material is being provided to some areas of external elevation. This also enhances the appearance of the development and alteration of the building over its life span. Traditionally detailed timber windows with large sections are being provided. These will be treated softwood with hardwood cm sections. They will be very substantial and extremely durable.
The roof covering is to comprise of a blue grey natural slate. This apes the slate covered roofs of other buildings in the vicinity. Consideration has been given to the use of a steel sheet roof. The committee and the design team felt that the natural slate option would sit better in the landscape and provide a more visually attractive appearance making the building more inviting to potential users. The internal finish and specification is to a high standard.
All materials that are being used are suitable for use in commercial premises as we feel it is important to invest money in the Initial capital cost with a view to reducing ongoing maintenance. The more attractive the hall is kept the more chance there is of attracting bookings and maintaining viability.