Hall Black Douglas Architects worked alongside Historic Consultant Alastair Coey Architects to restore a Listed–B1 former primary school dating from 1932 as a ‘community hub’. The approach taken was to retain as much as possible of the original fabric, character and atmosphere whilst enabling it to adapt and work with new purpose through well designed intervention. The original assembly hall has been restored to its former glory and repurposed as a flexible function room and a central ‘open air’ courtyard has been glazed over to create a central event space. As an important historic building, which represents urban and social continuity, the management of public impact was critical. The engagement with end users was greatly appreciated by the Falls Community Trust and the local community, allowing a seamless and successful transition to completed project.