A £400,000 scheme to light up the facade of the Royal Hall and the town’s principal War Memorial is being proposed in a joint project between the Royal Hall Restoration Trust and the newly formed Harrogate and District Improvement Trust.

We have formally launched a public appeal to help realise this ambition. The project is being fully supported by Harrogate Borough Council, Harrogate Convention Centre  and the Harrogate Branch of the Royal British Legion.  It has also been warmly received by Harrogate District Chamber of Commerce and the Civic Society.

Both structures are important local landmarks and are both Grade II* listed due to their architectural significance. In recent years the Harrogate Convention Centre has done a remarkable job of lighting up the Royal Hall over the festive season and local organisation ‘Harrogate at Christmas’ does the same by lighting up the town centre.  But for the rest of the year, the beauty of these structures is lost after dark.

With modern efficient lighting there is an appetite for lighting up special buildings. This was clearly evidenced recently by more than one hundred iconic buildings in our region, including the Royal Hall, being bathed in the colour blue to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS.

With the public’s help, these two much loved symbols of Harrogate can shine day and night bringing their architectural features to the fore; as well as pleasure to those who walk or drive past; and enjoyment and solace for those who visit them.

A number of specialist professionals have given their time and expertise to get us to this position. These include Chartered Landscape Architect and Urban Designer Peter Owens of Colour Urban Design, winner of the Landscape Institute’s award for best large scale development for the Royal Stoke University Hospital.  Also working on the project are Stainton Lighting whose past projects include Middlesbrough’s War Memorial and the Durham Cathedral and Castle World Heritage site.

The Royal Hall is unique in that it still has its ambulatory.  When the Hall was refurbished, improving the lighting of the ambulatory was not seen as a significant priority but now there is the opportunity to include it in this project.  The ambulatory proposals have been developed by Brilliant Lighting of Thirsk whose projects range from country houses and stately homes, conversions and renovations through to very contemporary new builds.

The Royal Hall Restoration Trust is being assisted by Colin Haylock, Heritage and Planning Consultant who is a Past President of the Royal Town Planning Institute. We will be liaising with English Heritage as the project progresses.

In 2017, Harrogate Borough Council and the Liz and Terry Bramall Trust helped the Restoration Trust to fund a feasibility study, working to a brief put together by the the Trust and Simon Kent, Director of the Harrogate Convention Centre. Public realm specialists Colour Urban Design were commissioned to explore concepts and the feasibility of lighting proposals for the facade of the Royal Hall and the interior ambulatory and to look sensitively at proposals for the War Memorial.

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To launch this fundraising appeal we are proud to announce....




Harrogate Choral Society Celebrate the music of Sir Hubert Parry (1848-1918)Rousing music, moving lyrics, outstanding orchestral sounds in Harrogate’s ‘glittering golden palace’ for which Parry conducted the opening concert in 1903

Compered by Edward Fox OBE
Conducted by Andrew Padmore

with The Amici Ensemble
The Chapel Choir of Exeter College, Oxford
Conducted by James Andrew Short “Parry Wood Organ Scholar”

For tickets :Harrogate Box Office 01423 502116 or www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk