MURRAY BRIDGE TOWN HALL
Client: Rural City of Murray Bridge
Location: Muray Bridge, SA
Budget: $4.2 million
As the host of the 2010 SA Regional Centre for Culture, the Rural City of Murray Bridge engaged Grieve Gillett Andersen to redevelop the historic Murray Bridge Town Hall. The project included restoring the meeting hall, renovation of foyer and reception area, and the redevelopment of the gallery and shop.
The design sought to retain and restore as much of the original historic hall as possible, whilst redeveloping the unsympathetic collection of additions. The original hall was upgraded to incorporate contemporary stage lighting and audio, with a thrust stage and retractable seating to dramatically increase the flexibility of hall. The distinguishing feature of the hall, the timber lined coffered ceiling was preserved with air conditioning provided discreetly.
The existing reception spaces were respectfully updated with openings between rooms enlarged to cater for crowds of varying sizes. The gallery and shop were reconfigured and enlarged enabling greater flexibility for exhibitions along with better access and artwork storage.