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Brentwood Borough Council Town Hall set to reopen in spring 2019 as it undergoes refurbishment

PUBLISHED: 17:00 02 January 2019

Council leader Councllor Louise McKinlay outside the town hall with construction workers. Picture: Brentwood Borough Council

Council leader Councllor Louise McKinlay outside the town hall with construction workers. Picture: Brentwood Borough Council

Brentwood Borough Council

As it continues to be transformed, it is expected that the borough's town hall will reopen in May this year.

The refurbishment of the Brentwood Borough Council Town Hall is on schedule with council officers and staff being allowed to move back in just a few months’ time.

The town hall is undergoing a remodelling to create a service delivery hub as well as 19 flats, space for commercial organisations and start-up businesses.

Council leader Councillor Louise McKinlay said: “It’s a huge task and I was most impressed with the transformation internally.

“The old town hall from the 1960s with its corridors and cupboards is now shaping up into open offices and commercial spaces with much better access and commercial opportunities.

“This ambitious scheme is part of our ambitions to maximise council assets, provide better services to residents and generate new sources of revenue to provide income.

“Huge steel girders and supports were brought in through the roof and then through the floors to support the structure and, once complete, this major project will enable the town hall to be fit for purpose, embracing the ways we all now work and in the future, the needs of our community hubs and top of the range residential apartments.

“It is also reassuring to see that the building access and new entrance embraces the access needs of those with physical challenges and in addition will have dementia friendly features.”

The first apartments are expected to be completed in April and a topping out ceremony will be held once the town hall is completed in May.

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