Shire Hall, Dorchester

Brief Description
Shire Hall is a Grade I Listed building which has gained HLF funding to transform it into a major Exhibition and Visitor Centre. The building houses the old Crown Court and Cells and is famous for the trial of the Tolpuddle Martyrs in 1834. It is owned by West Dorset District Council and managed by the Shire Hall Trust.

The Project was to create a working museum with a learning space, exhibition space, shop and café. It will also include a small commercial lettable area, potentially for use as a Tourist Information Centre. Two apartments are being incorporated for private rent.

Project Details
Location: Dorchester
Client: Phillip Hughes Associates
Value: £2.6M
Date: 2014—2017

Professional Services
Martin Thomas Associates were appointed to undertake all the Mechanical and Electrical Consultancy Work from RIBA Stage C, including input to Listed Buildings Consent Applications.

Our detailed designs have subsequently been tendered and we are currently undertaking the monitoring role during the construction stage.

Services Include
New Utility incoming services development
GIS compliant designs to the Grand Jury RoomNew boiler plant
Discreet services containment design and routing
Coordination and implementation of Exhibition Specialist’s schemes
New fire & security alarm designs
Domestic water, heating and ventilation designs
General lighting and small power designs
Shire Hall High Street façade floodlighting