The Refurbishment of Sandbach Town Hall is underway after delays attributed to meeting listed building planning conditions.
Carolyn Lowe, Lead Councillor for the project, explained:
“The Town Hall is a Grade II listed building, so all works that affect the fabric of the building have to be approved by Cheshire East’s Conservation Officer.
Our architects, Forshaw Greaves & Partners, had to fulfil a list of 12 conditions before works could commence.
During the approval process the Conservation Officer advised some changes to the design, but the main design changes were made months before as a result of the public consultations that took place.
Residents who objected to the bright blue colour scheme will be pleased to see this has been changed to a dusky grey/blue colour.
Other residents requested that the gates in the arches were retained, rather than being removed as originally proposed.
Consequently, the gates will be re-hung to allow them to be folded back behind the arches during the day, giving a welcoming open look, but closed and locked at night.
However, the main aspects of the design, which were overwhelming approved by residents, have been retained.”
M&C Construction will be responsible for completing the refurbishment which includes a removable bar in the ballroom, mirrored wall reflecting the arched ceiling, new demountable staging and stage lighting, an open light entrance area with reception kiosk, the provision of multi purpose AV equipment in two new meeting rooms, and new heating and lighting systems.
Neil Hamlett of M&C Construction said:
“M&C have a vast amount of experience working on listed buildings and we are looking forward to bringing Sandbach Town Hall up to modern day standards, whilst still retaining the integrity of the building and ensuring it can be enjoyed by this and future generations.”