Bolton Town Hall is set to undergo a facelift as construction firm ISG has secured a contract for a £6 million renovation project.
The building has stood in the centre of Lancashire town since the 1800s and has featured in a number of television programmes, including comedian Peter Kay's stand-up show 'Live At Bolton Albert Halls'. The structure has been designated by the English Heritage as a Grade II listed building and overlooks the main shopping area around Bolton as well as being close to the town's civic centre.
Officials at Bolton Council stated that they will now work with ISG to develop a full design and costing strategy for the development by the end of the year. Both parties are looking to have the renovation project underway by early 2013 to ensure there is a speedy completion time. Councillors said that the refurbishment scheme is to involve the creation of a large open plan office space which will allow double the number of staff to work within the facility.
Jim Parker, ISG's managing director in the north-west, said: "Bolton Town Hall is an iconic regional landmark and we will be working closely with the council to both preserve and redevelop this historically important building to better serve the local community and enhance the working environment for staff."
Both the council and ISG have made assurances to work with conservation experts to ensure that all the proposals due to be put in place are in-keeping with the town hall's Grade II listing.
As part of the arrangement the firm has to maintain the traditions originally put in place when the structure was first constructed, the companies tasked with carrying out the renovations must source 70 per cent of their materials and workforces must be procured from local sources. No final date has been given on the completion of the project as the building work will not start until 2013 but it will signify a major renovation of one of Bolton's most iconic buildings.
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