Phoenix Hall restorers
One of England’s oldest purpose-built masonic temples, in Henden, Sunderland, is to be given a new lease of life.
Students at Sunderland College are set to take on other local colleges in a competition to design a revival and extension scheme for Phoenix Hall, a Grade I listed building. The hall was the first to be purpose built by Freemasons to hold their meetings in 1785.
Still in use today, Phoenix Hall is in need of an update and it is hoped that the winning project will be carried out with funding from Heritage Lottery Grants. The hall has many original features, including a pipe organ built by John Donaldson and an 18th-century organ, which sits in its own purpose-built gallery.
The project has received help from local firm Precision Geomatics, which carried out a laser scan of the building, providing intricate details of the structure itself.