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Report - Old Marylebone Town Hall / Westminster Council House – London – June 2017


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The History

Opened in 1920, Marylebone Town Hall remains a fine example of early 20th Century municipal architecture. It was designed by the distinguished early-20th.century, British architect, Sir Edwin Cooper and listed Grade II in 1981.

Marylebone Town Hall is also one of the most popular venues in London for weddings and civil partnerships. Its famous steps have twice hosted the nuptials of Sir Paul McCartney, with his late wife Linda and more recently with Nancy Shevell, Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach, Liam Gallagher and Patsy Kensit, and Hollywood stars Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith.

Westminster City Council has agreed a deal to lease Old Marylebone Town Hall and its Annexe to London Business School.

Under the agreement, London Business School will spend over £50 million in the fit-out and restoration of the Grade II listed building to its former glory, whilst creating a modern learning environment within its historic premises.

The building will become an integral part of London Business School’s campus, creating a triangle of educational facilities between Sussex Place, the Taunton Centre and Old Marylebone Town Hall.

Wates Construction has been appointed as the main contractor to refurbish the Old Marylebone Town Hall.

A significant investment by London Business School will restore the building to a full state of repair, whilst creating a modern learning environment within the historic premises.

The 123,451 sq. ft. development will expand London Business School’s teaching facilities making it an integral part of the campus, creating a triangle of educational facilities between Sussex Place, the Taunton Centre and Old Marylebone Town Hall.

Wates’ work will include the part-demolition and restructuring of the former Westminster Council House and annexe buildings, plus the construction of new auditoriums with state-of-the-art AV and IT facilities.

Features of the scheme will include a new three-storey building with six lecture theatres, 35 seminar rooms, a library, offices and faculty spaces and a student lounge.


The Explore

This was purely a case of seeing something while looking for something else but not having the time to do it.

So I returned from another explore intrigued as to what this Westminster Council House building was, In this case google was about as much use as Tits on a Nun. The search engine providing me with page upon page of information about Council houses in the Westminster area. Hmmm so this lead me doing various image searches and that lead to the info above. Pictures of the buildings inside were very few and far between online but the outside and the tower were enough to draw me back. With my trusty sidekick @slayaaaa and another non-member we headed towards this via some more planed locations with this hoping to be the crème de la crème. I’m glad to say it didn’t let us down.

Once inside it was a case of softly softly creepy creepy as not to draw any attention to ourselves as we snapped away and headed for the tower.

As you will see from the pics we eventually made it up to the tower after a false start but the London views as always were pretty cool.

But the best was yet to come

As we roamed the corridors looking for something more interesting other than refurbished white walls we almost stumbled upon a security guard who luckily enough for us was looking the other way. We quickly dropped down a floor and carried on exploring.

Then bingo!!

The white walls gave way to some amazing wooden panelling and a marble staircase, but the best was yet to come.

I opened the door to a side room and found the most amazing ceiling and wall combination I’ve yet to see.

We snapped this as best we could and left soon after…..

Enjoy the pics



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