A "New" Old School Hall- visions of the future from NTU architecture students

Architecture students from Nottingham Trent University have come up with ideas for the transformation of the Old School Hall, looking for new ways to give this historic building a sustainable future.

Working with dOSH, the 43 students were tasked with research the area's history and the importance of the Old School Hall for the local community. They then had to understand the building, it's qualities and problems- before coming up with their visions.

Here are some of the ideas. If you want to find out more, give us your feedback on these ideas or let us know what you would do with the building- come along to the dOSH event at the Lord Nelson Public House on Saturday 18th November (4-11pm). If you can't make it to that event, please do contact us anyway: we want to hear from you!

Here are a few of the ideas:

1. Esther Choi imagined the hall opened up to make a new performance space, connecting the Windmill Park to the Old School Hall terrace. The end of the exisitng hall sensitively restored as an inside multipurpose space for hire.

2. Katie Turner focused on restoration and transforming the entrance space to make it light and welcoming.

3. Sophia Okolo thought that the site could be redeveloped, replacing one end of the building with a modern design and keeping the other end as a connection with the heritage

4. Olivia Jackson came up with a clever strategy to extend the building at the back, connecting it to the park and making an outdoor stage for performances. She also replaced one wing of the building to solve the building's technical problems. Inside, a new balcony for puppetry performances was created.

5. Tim Hayward thought the Old School Hall needed a dramatic new entrance way to let everyone know something exciting was going on. He used sloping timber columns and a wavy roof to grab attention.

6. Adam Game created a new green courtyard at the heart of the building.

7. Charlotte Crane raised the roof (literally) to make a new 'pop up' cafe facing the Windmill Park. Nice idea!

Community Ownership- an option for the Old School Hall?

Free film screening on Thursday 12/10/17- Book Tickets Here

When their local pub was closed down and threatened with conversion to flats, the community in Peckham Rise came together to buy the building and reopened it as a pub and community venue for events and classes. The Ivy House is now held up as a success story for "community ownership". Could this work for the Old School Hall?

The Hall has already been recognised as an 'Asset of Community Value', the first step on the way to community ownership, and a crucial first chapter in the Ivy House story.

On Thursday, a film screening and discussion at Nottingham Contemporary will tell the story of the Ivy House. There will be a discussion afterwards, with dOSH represented on the panel. So why not come along and find out more..?

Book Tickets Here

Old School Hall recognised as a Community Asset

Official confirmation has been received that The Old School Hall is an "Asset of Community Value".

Nottingham City Council has considered an application from the Old School Hall Committee and decided that the hall:

"...furthers the social wellbeing or social interests of the community and is capable of doing so in the future"

In practical terms this means that if the site is sold, there will be a delay so that community interest groups can get together a bid to buy the building. The procedure is:
  1. The owner decides to sell the building and notifies the council
  2. Within 6 weeks a community interest group registers their interest to be a bidder
  3. For 6 months the building cannot be sold except to a community interest group
  4. After 6 months the building can be sold to any bidder.

So ultimately the building could still be sold to a private party, but at least the community will have some time to get their act together and put in a bid themselves.

Good news then and another essential step on the way to saving the Old School Hall for the people of Sneinton!

Read the decision letter below...

dOSH appeal!

We have just launched a "crowd funding" appeal to try and raise £900 in the next month.

Crowd funding is a way for people who care about the Old School Hall to directly support the project. 

We desperately need some 'fighting funds' to keep us going - we will use these to make running repairs to the area around the hall so that it does not fall further into disrepair. Work such as clearing vegetation that is growing into the abandoned structure and cutting back trees which have been causing damage. Whilst our trusty volunteers can do much of the unskilled work, we need to hire equipment and dispose of waste. Some things need qualified and insured personnel who we must pay.

Please, if you can, help us by making a donation now.

We also need money to:

  • support publicity to get more people involved from the area and beyond
  • support events where people can find out more about this incredible building, what it has been in the past and what it could be in the future
  • support us with studies to show how the hall can create an income in the future, to ensure it is never faced with closure again.

We may need to make future appeals for bigger sums of money once the future of the Hall becomes more certain, but for now a modest fighting fund will keep us going.

We have been kept going by local peoples’ dedication and hard work. We have had some success, including commissioning an independent structural engineer's report to show how the building can be made strong again, and getting it recognised as "An Asset of Community Value" by the Council. We have received some small but generous grants, for example from The Renewal Trust, but have for now exhausted those sources of income. 

Please, if you can, help us with a small (or large!) donation.