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Protecting, conserving and enhancing our Hall


In 2016 the Court decided to employ a team of consultants led by Tom Emerson of 6a architects to produce plans to conserve and maintain Skinners' Hall.

Tom and his partner Stephanie Macdonald founded 6a in 2001; they are best known for their contemporary art galleries, educational buildings, artist’s studios and residential projects, often in sensitive historic environments. The practice has won major national and international competitions and has been recognised with several prestigious awards.

One of the range of experts that 6a will be collaborating with is conservation and historic building specialist, Nick Tyson of the Regency Townhouse Charity. He will develop a Conservation Statement and Conservation Management Plan, and will provide technical and historic advice to support the project.


The tender for the work was written by the Clerk and is described here. His vision for the future of this project, which was presented at an event in the Hall on the 6th November 2017, is summarised here.

The work will be completed in three phases:

PHASE ONE: This phase is now completed - the costed options will be presented to the Court for approval in September 2018.

PHASE TWO: The chosen option will have been identified, the budget will be agreed and planning for associated permissions will run until 2020 or 2021

PHASE THREE: This phase will involve building, converting, restoring and conserving the Hall. It will begin in 2020 and be completed no later than 2026.

Who was David Beale

This project has been made possible because of a legacy bequeathed to Skinners by David Beale. You can find out more about David Beale and his legacy here.

Answers to frequently asked questions can be found here.

The House Committee

The Hall Team, directed by the House Committee, works closely with English Heritage and develops relationships with key suppliers who are experts in their field. The challenge is to maintain a degree of continuity throughout.

For further information please contact the Hall Director, Paul Richards: paul.richards@skinners.org.uk


Frequently Asked Questions

Photo Gallery to see some examples of 6a's work