Phase 3 2019 TBC: The Hall

Once phases 1 and 2 are complete we hope to upgrade our much loved and well used main hall.

 

Problems with the hall

The high ceiling and no insulation makes it hard to heat

But for active events like dancing, the windows don’t open for venilation

The 1930’s fibreboard wall finish and high ledges get dusty – getting up to clean them is a major operation

Red hot electric radiators under the benches also trap dust and are difficult to clean under

The curtains, which are useful for privacy and blackout, block 50% of natural light coming in to the hall

Electric lighting is from fluorescent tubes, neither energy efficient nor do they cast attractive or flexible light

 

Good things about the hall

It is a large size with high ceiling and good accoustics

One of the best dance floors in Edinburgh

Kitchen and toilets directly off

Level access from the car park outside makes it very accessible for the less mobile and for people bringing in food or equipment for an event

 

What we plan to do

Insulate the walls and roof

Overhaul the windows so they can be opened and closed with ease

Put up new blinds that let light in when it’s wanted and keep light out when not

 

What we hope to acheive

People will feel welcome and valued in a bright, warm, clean building

Users will be more comfortable in a warmer (or cooler) building

More individuals and groups will want to use the building to gather in

Opening up ancillary spaces will allow more groups to use the whole building.  It also helps with scheduling as there’s useable, comfortable space for groups or parents and carers to wait in

Another 80 years of serving the local community and bringing people together and out of isolation

 

December 21, 2017