The second phase of refurbishment works to Wolverhampton’s Civic Halls will be carried out by the contractor company Willmott Dixon at a cost of £38M, the City Council has announced.
The Grade II listed building, which serves as a theatre, will be fully refurbished in order to make the venue recognised as world class, with planned improvements covering: wider and more comfortable seats, bigger bars, expanded toilet facilities, lift access to new balconies, better access arrangements for disabled visitors, a greater number of accessible viewing points, and a new air conditioning system.
Planning and designs for the new and improved theatre have been approved with completion of all scheduled works predicted for the autumn of 2021, at which point the theatre will reopen.
The City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Economy, Councillor Harman Banger stated: “After carrying out due diligence we are delighted to have chosen one of the country’s leading constructors, Willmott Dixon, to keep the works on time and on budget. This is now an exciting time in the project when we will begin to see real changes to the Civic Halls.
“As part of our regeneration plans for the city we recognised the Grade II listed building is in need of refurbishment, as well as improvement to ensure it remains a thriving venue to be proud of for decades to come.”
The Director of Willmott Dixon Interiors, Phil Crowther added: “We are delighted to have been chosen to move forward with Wolves Civic. It is a building that the whole team here feel passionate about restoring and we have the best people to bring this project back on track.
“Structural refurbishments and historic building are our speciality and we are extremely excited to be given the opportunity to deliver on this scheme. We look forward to attending the ‘Meet the Buyer’ event on Monday afternoon, to ensure we fully engage with local businesses and supply chain.”
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