MULTI-MILLION POUND TOWN HALL PROJECT REACHES NEXT STAGE
By One Giant Leap
Monday 28 Nov 2016 17:42:00
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Middlesbrough Town Hall’s major multi-million pound renovation works are heading into the next phase.

As previously announced the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has approved a £3.7m grant to help restore the iconic Grade II* listed building back to its full 19th Century glory.

Over recent months the grand old building has been subject to extensive safe asbestos removals prior to the contractors being able to take the project forward.

With those works now completed, the internal refurbishment works will begin on Monday, December 5.

As a result, the Civic Centre car park behind the Empire on Corporation Road, open to the public at a weekend and evenings, will be closed for the foreseeable future to allow access to the vehicles being used for the work.

The scheme will enable much wider access to visitors and provide them with a greater understanding of the history of the building, creating a unique heritage attraction.

It will see parts of the building, currently inaccessible to the public, being opened up, including the Victorian courtroom, cells and fire station which would be made into heritage attractions in their own right.

The plans also include the restoration of the carriage driveway with original glass roof which will become the main box office and circulation area, an external lighting scheme, the development of new café and bar facilities, and a new community space.

Furthermore, visitors’ experience of the building for concerts and shows will be improved which will lead to shorter queues for bars and toilets and a generally improved interior.

Middlesbrough Council is investing over £4m into the scheme alongside the £3.7m HLF grant and further support from the Arts Council.

Middlesbrough Deputy Mayor and Executive Member for Regeneration, Cllr Charlie Rooney, said: “We are delighted to be moving this project into its next phase. The Town Hall is a fascinating building and to be able to open more of it and its history to the public, while also improving access to visitors is a hugely worthwhile project and we are looking forward to seeing the work progress.”

To see a video fly-through of the planned works and for further updates visit www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/townhall

 



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