The Temple within Darlington Freemasons Hall saw its last refurbishment back in the early 80’s and had remained largely untouched since that time. As would be expected, the space although ornate, given its purpose, was looking somewhat tired and in need of an uplift.
Space Design & Construction were appointed by the management committee to look at the overall project, which consisted of the stripping out and renewal of furniture, floor coverings and decoration, along with the conversion of all light fittings to LED and electrical infrastructure works to ensure compliance with current regulations.
Designs were drawn up for approval, which included 3D images to enable the committee to see exactly what the finished scheme would look like prior to commencement – an invaluable aid for ‘selling’ the scheme to the various Lodge members.
One key aspect of the refurbishment was the furniture - the existing tip-up seating (which had been salvaged from a theatre many years previously) was removed and replaced with fixed banquette type seating to the perimeter of the room. The banquette seating was manufactured with a specific seat pad height of 510mm to make it easier for the elder members to negotiate.
A new bespoke Axminster carpet was commissioned for the main Temple floor, which included the traditional central chequer-board feature, fundamental to the Freemason ceremonies, with a new woven welcome greeting at the entrance.
Refreshed decoration with enhanced gold detailing to the ornate plasterwork completed space, which has been extremely well received by the local members, visitors and the Freemason hierarchy.