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Oldham Town Hall


Location Client Cost Completion Awards
Oldham, UK Oldham Council £32.5m 2016 5

Project details

BDP was appointed by Oldham Council to regenerate its Grade II listed Old Town Hall and bring the building back into use as a cinema.

The development ensures certain architectural features and decorations are retained while allowing the building to have a new use. The existing ballroom, council chamber, committee rooms and court rooms have been kept and transformed into cinema screens, while a new extension, a translucent glass light-box, creates a new façade on Clegg Street. This extension is a central element in the development, providing a new entrance and foyers to the cinema areas, a façade towards a new pedestrian square and the Town Square shopping centre and an active and animated street environment, especially at night.

It is unique, there isn’t a cinema like it in the country. At the same time the setting is amazing. The fact that so many of the original features of the building have been either restored or retained is very impressive.

Councillor Jean Stretton Leader, Oldham Council


  • to restore an iconic Grade II listed landmark building and give it a new use
  • to conserve as much of the historic fabric as possible


  • a new cinema and restaurant complex and a symbol of regeneration for Oldham.
  • our design retains all three sandstone and red brick elevations of the original building
  • RIBA North West Conservation Award 2017
  • RICS Regional project of the year 2017
  • AJ Retrofit Award 2017

Integrated services

architecture, landscape architecture, acoustics, lighting