The Wool Hall dates from the 16th century when Beckington was the centre of the Somerset wool trade. As well as being a grade II listed building of significant architectural history, it has provided the location for recording some of the most seminal music acts of the last 40 years. These included; The Smiths, Anni Lenox, The Pretenders, Paul Weller, 808 State, and Joni Mitchell.
The practice recently presented the outline design package, detailing many of the ideas that will be used to transform the building. The internal layout will be extensively remodelled with the recording studio being retained. This will be moved into a location with a better overall acoustic performance.
The main challenge so far has been in creating new spaces within the property by only using a process of subtraction. This is contrasted against the desire to maintain as much of the buildings cultural heritage as possible.