Ashton Town Hall is an important part of the plans and with an allocation of £3.4 million from the LUF fund which the Council awarded in October 2021, to support its restoration and repurposing. The remaining funds will be used for remediation work for the redevelopment of the former interchange site and the improvement of the public realm, including walking and cycling paths.
City Hall has been closed since 2015 and much of the preparatory work done to date has not been visible to the public. However, the Council’s delivery partner Robertson’s has now appointed a number of contractors who will be on site from Monday 26 September, marking the start of restoration work.
The work they will be carrying out includes knocking down a number of interior ceilings and removing ‘studded’ walls to fully expose the building’s structural fabric and hidden architectural elements. This partial internal stripping will facilitate the completion of the detailed surveys necessary to fully inform the ongoing design process for the restoration of the building envelope, including the roof and interior fittings.
Councilor Gerald Cooney, Chief Executive of Tameside Council, says;
“Having been inside the building and seeing its current state, it is evident that it will take significant investment and resources to restore it to its former glory. There is a lot of preparatory work needed for the state of the building can be fully appreciated before repair work begins. We are very keen to restore the building and bring pride back to City Hall and its surroundings and the Leveling Up Fund helps us get started on that.
It is expected that this element of the program, which has obtained the authorization for classified construction, will be concluded towards the end of November.
Robertson added: “It’s great that we can now have contractors inside the town hall. We are delighted to start and work alongside Tameside Council to restore the Town Hall and secure the future of the building.