Town Hall to get makeover
Changes could be made to ‘existing offices and rooms’ to create a ‘range of ceremonial suites’
19 February, 2021 — By Calum Fraser
The council HQ in Upper Street
THE Town Hall building is set for an overhaul creating new “ceremonial suites”, a gender-neutral accessible toilet and a storage room for visual effects equipment.
Planning applications will be heard on Tuesday over alterations to “existing offices and rooms” to create a “range of ceremonial suites and an accessible WC on the ground floor”.
The entrance desk and lectern is also set to be refurbished while two meeting rooms could be combined to create storage space for “hall VFX equipment”.
The gender-neutral toilet will be made from what is currently a first aid room which has existing plumbing and a partition that is set to be knocked down.
Built in the 1920s, the building in Upper Street is Grade II listed and requires listed building consent for any significant alterations.
Plans have also been drawn up to alter the basement and yard outside to create cycling storage and parking spaces.
“Minor demolition and alteration is proposed, causing harm to medium and low significance areas,” according to the planning documents.
“This is considered to be outweighed by the public benefit of making the building more accessible and useable.”
The proposals include new shower and changing facilities, lockers and drying areas.
The makeover will cost £380,000.
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