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 external elevations comprise of a grey green stone to match the existing local stone, along with a composite cladding material which adds interest and also helped to reduce building costs. The roof covering is a blue grey natural slate reflecting the slate covered roofs of other buildings in the vicinity. Consideration had been given to the use of a steel sheet roof, but the committee and 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, the wooden doors and oak-style flooring adding warmth to the large spaces.
All materials that have been used are suitable for use in commercial premises as we felt it was 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.