The Bapsy Hall, Winchester
The new entrance and reception offer DDA compliant access to this historic Victorian Guildhall, the previous main entrance was on the first floor. A new entrance has been formed through the historic fabric of the Grade II listed building by opening up the former arched entrances. The reception itself contains a bespoke curved timber desk built out of stacked layers of birch plywood. A generous seating area and lobbied entrance has been fitted carefully around the existing structure to provide a modern and light entrance to the building. The large bright sofas add colour and drama to this arrival space.
All floors of this building have been completely refurbished offering a modern and light appearance, ensuring DDA compliant access throughout. Period features have been enhanced to restore the charming character of this building. A simple colour pallet of dark grey, dark red and white is used throughout, along with a bespoke carpet which incorporates a period fretwork pattern found elsewhere in the building. The white walls are accented with paintings from the Winchester City Council collection. Previous ceiling tiles have been replaced with vaulted feature ceilings using recessed edge lighting opening up the long corridor spaces. The staircase balustrade has been replaced with a design reflecting the original staircase.