The next phase in the multi-million-pound redevelopment of Maesteg Town Hall is set to be completed within the next few weeks.
Contractors Knox and Wells are finalising the installation of a clearstory roof, which will unify the existing building with the newly created extension and create a new public entrance, allowing access for all. This section of the development will house a new foyer, public café, changing places facility, flexible performance space and a unique mezzanine balcony complete with a bar and studio.
It is anticipated that this modern addition to the historic town hall will create a hive of activity with use from community groups and for socialising and events.
Previous re-development milestones include a new series of stairs and an accessible lift, allowing greatly improved access for all for the first time and extensive repair and refurbishment of the hall’s most identifiable feature, the clock tower.
During the restoration of the magnificent 141-year-old, Grade II listed building, careful attention to detail is being taken whilst uncovering and preserving the town hall’s impressive heritage features.
As a result of unmasking these historical discoveries, delays to the progress of the works have been unavoidable, resulting in a projected completion date of Summer 2023.
Cllr Neelo Farr, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “It is fantastic to see another phase of the re-development works for this iconic building nearing completion.
“This is a huge project, and it needs to be handled with the utmost care and consideration that an historic building such as this deserves. Each piece of the restoration works focuses on introducing different elements which will knit together to not only restore but rejuvenate this building for the benefit of local communities and visitors for many years to come.
“All generations of the community are set to benefit from some fantastic facilities which will be accessible and inclusive for all when it re-opens in 2023.”
The project is being funded by Bridgend County Borough Council, the European Regional Development Fund, Welsh Government regeneration funding, the Valleys Task Force, , Awen Cultural Trust, the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Maesteg Town Council, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Davies Trust, the Pilgrim Trust, CADW, the Welsh Government’s Community Facilities Programme and its Museums, Archives and Libraries Division.