Shire Hall, Dorchester

The Shire Hall is a Grade 1 listed historic building in the centre of Dorchester. It was constructed in 1797 with a handsome Portland stone facade and served as the county courtrooms until a new facility was built in 1955.

It held the famous trials of the Tolpuddle Martyrs in 1834, six farm labourers from Tolpuddle in Dorset were arrested for being members of a friendly society, a group formed to improve their working conditions. The convections and subsequent pardons are considered to be one of the foundations of the trade union movement.

In 2016 work commenced to transform the Shire Hall into a museum and visitor attraction, that is due to open to the public in May 2018.

Focus SB was selected to supply electrical accessories. The range chosen was Ambassador Square with white inserts. This metal flat plate style was supplied in Bronze Antique, along with primed plates which were painted on site to match the heritage wall colours. Many outlets had to be surface mounted to preserve the fabric of the building and to comply with the Grade 1 listed status.

Barry Partridge, Sales Manager at Focus SB was involved in the specification process from an early stage and comments, ‘“It’s always a pleasure to help bring historic buildings such as these back into use, especially as sometimes they can be a challenge.”

Focus SB have vast experience with listed and historic buildings and the nationwide team of product advisors are available to discuss any upcoming project.