Blue Town Heritage Centre (study 2)
Sheerness, Isle of Sheppey


The second of two options we prepared as part of the Centre’s Lottery Fund bid to enhance the existing exhibition, café, theatre and support facilities to accommodate their ever-increasing collection of local artefacts and vibrant programme of year-round entertainment events, housed in one of the few surviving Victorian Music Halls.

In contrast to study 1’s incremental approach, this option offers a complete rebuild of the front of house and associated service areas in one phase of intensive site work using predominately prefabricated components to minimise closure time. A standard glue-laminated timber portal frame is enclosed by profiled metal side walls and roof. Horizontal timber paneling between glue-laminated mullions make up the more animated street façade.

Pragmatic and playful, this storage-shed, or barn, typology represents a continuation of the historic music hall’s form (as well as referencing the contemporary bonded-warehouses of the adjacent Sheerness Dockyard) and maximizes volume and internal flexibility. Blue remains the natural colour choice.


Blue Town Heritage Centre


July 2016


Existing: 900m²
Proposed: 1050-1200m²