Farnham Maltings is announcing the latest stage in reviving the buildings and facilities for the benefit of visitors, performers and staff alike.

The recent replacement of the courtyard gates is the first phase of a programme of work that will see the Great Hall and back stage facilities undergo a refurbishment and development programme.

As a result of the generous support of The Ironmongers’ Company the Maltings have been able to commission local ironworker, Oliver Russell, to produce a set of gates that reflect the historic and contemporary uses of the buildings.

We are delighted to be working with a local crafts person and the Ironmongers’ company to create a new piece of public art that is functional, beautiful and will be there for years to come. Each small improvement ensures the Maltings is better able to contribute to the character of the town said – Gavin Stride, director of the Maltings.

The Ironmongers’ Company runs a charitable trust that aims to promote the craft of ironwork, focusing on the preservation of historical ironwork or the creation of new, artistic works of steel and iron.

Oliver Russell is a commission-based artist and craftsman who has created gates, sculptures and a staircase for a range of businesses and buildings. Based from a workshop in Haslemere, he completed both BA and MA degrees at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham.

As a designer he often works closely with architects to ensure his ironwork best fits the space within the context of the greater project. For the Maltings’ courtyard he worked with the staff to create something of an intricate and contemporary design which artistically reflects the Maltings’ industrial heritage. The surrounding area has also received a new layer of tarmac to smooth the entrance and support the gates.

Continuing the series of redevelopment work Farnham Maltings will be renovating the Great Hall and back-stage areas. Such projects are feasible due to the continued support from Waverley Borough Council and several other foundations and trusts. For example, as part of the Great Hall redevelopment, Farnham Amateur Operatic Society gave 50% funding for the replacement of the stage doors which lead onto the courtyard.

The Maltings will also be replacing the Tindle Studio roof with assistance from SITA Trust. These works will be happening over the spring and summer and go some way to ensuring the Maltings can best serve the ambitions of the town.

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