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!