Saturday, 29th August 2015

Civic centre work set for October

Work is expected to start on the £1.67 million revamp of Whitchurch Civic Centre in October. Architects hope the centre will not be completely closed during the work,  expected to take five months.

The scheme, designed to breathe new life into the town centre, will include a new continental-style plaza in front of the 1970 High Street building. Kevin Slack, of Greenspace Architects, said: “We hope work will start after the Blackberry Fair on October 6.

“The plan is to keep large parts of the Civic Centre open during the work, the idea is to keep either the sports hall or civic centre hall open at all times. We have to then complete work by March 2013.

“Typically with live sites we have to define areas that are out of bounds to the public to allow contractors the freedom to work. The foyer and the first floor rooms would be out of action first with a new entrance created by St Mary Street.

“The town council is looking at sites for the temporary move of the office workers but part the way through the work we should be able to release the newly refurbished offices back to the council.”

The last phase would involve the civic hall and the stage but so far only the first phase of the work is earmarked for funding.

A bid for £250,000 has been submitted to Shropshire Council  and Whitchurch Town Council has pledged a further £100,000.