New phase plans for historic Guildhall's restoration
SWANSEA'S historic Guildhall is to benefit from a new phase in its multi-million pound restoration.
Work on further improvements to the iconic building that's provided a regular backdrop for the adventures of Dr Who is due to start later this year.
The building's imposing and historic Council Chamber, office space, committee rooms and the Lord Mayor's Parlour are all set to benefit from new electrical and heating systems and services as well as building fabric improvements which are all subject to strict listed building planning approvals.
Chris Holley, Leader of Swansea Council, said: "This scheme will aim to retain the treasured historic features of the Guildhall while enabling the building to benefit from energy-efficient heating and electrical infrastructure improvements, upgrades in the building fabric and better security.
"The work is needed to ensure the Guildhall is a working building from which we can serve our communities for generations to come. It will also mean reductions in utility bills."
The aim of the latest phase of the project to protect the Grade 1 listed building for future generations is to maximise its potential as vital office space for staff providing a range of services to the public and offer a place of destination for public events.
Subject to details being agreed at Cabinet in April, phase four of the scheme will aim to restore the Civic Block and replace services, some of which are original dating back to 1934 when the Guildhall was opened.
The area includes the George Hall, the Lord Mayor's Reception Room, Committee Rooms, the Guildhall Council Chamber and the Brangwyn Hall Office and office space over two floors.
During this phase the Brangwyn Hall will be open for business as usual with access through the main Brangwyn Hall doors.
Subject to Cabinet approval work could begin on the Civic Block by the end of April. The £6 million scheme is due to be complete in 2015.
The proposals include improved lighting, power, layout and ICT services to provide flexible office and archive storage space.
The main entrance below the clock tower entrance be will closed and a temporary main entrance will be established on the opposite side of the building for duration of the works.
Martin Nicholls, Swansea Council's Head of Corporate Building and Property Services, said: "The Council is continuing to progress a significant programme of improvement to an iconic building which will help preserve the heritage of Swansea.
"Details of this phase are yet to be finalised and are still subject to Cabinet approval but the programme will ensure it is not only fit for purpose accommodation for many years to come but also meets modern energy-efficiency needs."
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