Butchers Hall, Tavistock

The conversion of a former Butchers Hall – complete with blood channels running through the middle and huge meat hooks on the walls – into a welcoming open space for market traders to use was an interesting one. The Hall, known to many in the town as the ‘Old Auction Rooms’, located next door to the Pannier Market, is a Grade II Listed building originally constructed in the 1860s for the Seventh Duke of Bedford.

The works were carried out as part of the Tavistock Townscape Heritage Initiative, a £2-million regeneration programme. We were under very strict time constraints as the Client, the Town Council, had already pre-planned the move-in date for the market traders.

Our works included:
• Removal of redundant mechanical and electrical components
• Specialist Doff cleaning
• Dry rot treatment
• Floor and brickwork repairs
• Quarry tiling
• Filling-in of blood channels to match existing flooring
• New iron railings
• Insertion of new mechanical and electrical components, including power outlets
• Extensive Glacier and Collingwood lighting with Sensa controllers
• Replacement door with new sliding glass unit
• Sympathetic decorations throughout, including lime washing.

Our works were completed on time and the Clients were delighted with the outcome.