Northampton Guild Hall was
completed in 1864. Like other civic buildings in the UK from around this time,
it is neo-Gothic in style with carvings and panels depicting scenes from the history of
town. A new extension was built in 1992, designed by local architects
Stimpson, Walton and Bond.
Northampton Borough Council website
The new extension is immediately eye-catching. Its similarity to the old building is striking, but because of the careful use of materials and the simple, well-proportioned design, it neither apes nor overshadows the older building. The passageway and courtyard make the council offices and its services visible and accessible to the public. This is a superb example of how all modern extensions to older buildings could and should be built.
Northampton Guild Hall and Council Offices Extension
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