Performing Arts

Royal Hall, Harrogate

Royal Hall, Harrogate

Civic Trust Awards 2010: Shortlisted

RIBA White Rose Award 2009: Shortlisted

Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Pro-Yorkshire Awards – Awards for Building Conservation and Overall Best Project Awards 2009

BCI Awards 2008: Conservation – High Commendation

British Construction Industry Awards (BCIA) Conservation Award 2008



The Royal Hall, listed Grade II* and designed by Robert Beale and Frank Matcham, is a rare example of a 'Kursaal', a multifunctional entertainment venue normally associated with spa or seaside towns with beginnings in the early nineteenth century but which never completely established itself in England. The construction of the building employed an at-the-time innovative, fireproof material built of clinker concrete and of a filler joist construction on a steel frame. However, the concrete had subsequently failed and was crumbling away, undermining the highly ornate and decorative finishes within the building which had additionally become badly water-damaged over time. 


The project has been carried out with excellence, flair, and exceptional level of competence. The Royal Hall is restored to the community and will be a major benefit to the Harrogate district’s culture, tourism and the local economy for many years to come.
— Stuart Quin, Director, Harrogate International Centre


Burrell Foley Fischer approached this sensitive conservation and restoration project by focussing on the authenticity of historic details through careful research. For example, through the analysis of paint scrapes it was rewarding to discover that the original interior was largely gilt and gold leaf with a dark blue vaulted ceiling representing the night sky. The project was carried out within a functioning international conference centre without disrupting the programme of conference and exhibitions and was completed on time and on budget.


An in-depth restoration of this magnitude in a hall for an audience of 1,000 people, achieved on a budget of less than £11 million... The restoration has achieved and surpassed the client’s expectations.
— Stuart Quin, Director, Harrogate International Centre