Theatre and entertainment venue Ferneham Hall is being redeveloped to create a state-of-the-art community, arts and entertainment venue as part of the Fareham town centre civil quarter redevelopment masterplan.
Opened in 1982, Ferneham Hall was developed as an entertainment hub to attract a range of music, comedy and theatre shows, as well as a venue for amateur theatrical productions, exhibitions, conferences, meetings, dinner dances, parties and weddings. The venue is now in need of modernisation to update the tired décor and improve the accessibility of the venue.
The redevelopment will see the demolition of the Octagon Lounge, increasing the theatre’s capacity from 708 to 800 seats inside the auditorium. The upgraded venue will also feature a second, smaller performance space, additional flexible studio space, a new foyer, café and bar, as well as provide new community spaces on the first floor for groups and organisations to hire. Designed by architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, the building’s external appearance will also undergo an overhaul to improve access to the venue.
BH Live will operate and manage the venue on behalf of Fareham Borough Council when it reopens in 2022.
Currie & Brown has been engaged to provide cost management services on the redevelopment of Ferneham Hall. This includes the provision of procurement advice and documentation, overall project cost management and feasibility studies, risk and value management, strategic cost planning and estimating, as well as value engineering.
The first stage was to provide an options appraisal to aid in the decision of whether the building should undergo complete demolition or be remodelled within the existing footprint.