We had planned to get our hall upgraded in 2020, but have been rather overtaken by events. The 170 sqm hall is particularly useful in this age of physical distancing and we are keen to upgrade it soon.
Problems with the hall
The high ceiling and no insulation makes it hard to heat
At the moment for ventilation we mainly use the fire doors and the draughty old windows.
The windows have single pane wobbly glass, which is provides privacy, but also cuts out a lot of natural light and views of the surrounding gardens.
The 1930’s fibreboard wall finish and high ledges get dusty – getting up to clean them is a major operation
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, retain more heat and provide views beyond the hall itself
Put up new blinds that let light in when it’s wanted and keep light out when not
Refurbish the floor to be easier to clean and more attractive to walk on
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