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Re-Opening of Narisa Hall

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Re-Opening of Narisa Hall

Three members of the RTP Surveyors team were proud to be invited to the re-opening of Narisa Hall in Priory Park, Bodmin, after working on the project.Martin Winchester, Robert Wickes and Sue Wilton were invited to attend the opening ceremony where Princess Narisa of Thailand was the official guest of honour.The hall was originally presented to the town in August 1957 by Prince Chula Chakrabongse of Thailand.

The Prince had lived in Cornwall with his English wife, Princess Chula (Elizabeth Hunter) at Tredethy and their daughter Narisa, who the hall is named after, was born there.

But after Narisa Hall was destroyed by fire in December 2009, Bodmin Town Council undertook to rebuild the property and commissioned RTP to work on the project.

RTP designed the new building to fit in with the insurance reinstatement conditions and budget with Robert Wickes leading the design, Martin Winchester leading the contract administration and Sue Wilton acting as CDM co-ordinator.

Sue Wilton said: “It was fantastic to be involved in the development of a fresh new community building in Bodmin on a site that has such a fascinating history.

“It was also great to meet Princess Narisa and find out more about her life in Cornwall.”

The original hall had a number of uses including a school nurse clinic and meeting room for community groups, before it was taken over as a practice room for Bodmin Town Band.

Bodmin Town Council is currently in discussions with the band regarding a new lease for the facility and it hopes to arrange an official handover soon.

Princess Narisa said to the Cornish Guardian: “I’m touched they still want to keep my name for the hall. I regard Bodmin as my home town, and I’m chuffed to be back here.”

Mayor of Bodmin, Ken Stubbs, said to the Cornish Guardian: “It was a very great pleasure to meet Princess Narisa and her husband. She thoroughly enjoyed the opening ceremony and meeting everyone present. I am sure she took away very fond memories of the time she spent with us all.”