Designers set to reveal £3.4m Guildhall revamp

THE new, cut-price designs for the revamping of Abingdon Guildhall will be revealed tomorrow night.

Abingdon Town Council, which owns the building, is planning a £3.4m facelift for the 1960s hall to include a new 110-seater cinema and a cafe with an outdoor terrace. It is hoped the updated hall, with improved disabled access, would attract thousands more visitors to the town.

Councillors originally hoped to spend £4.4m on the project, but a bid for £1.9m of Heritage Lottery Funding failed in April.

Council leader Sandy Lovatt said then he was confident the project could still be a success on a lower budget.

The guildhall committee then sent its architects away to prepare a new, lower-budget design on a £3.4m budget.

The designers are due to present their suggestions to the committee at a meeting tomorrow at 5.30pm.

The presentation was originally scheduled for early May, but was postponed to “allow the architects further time to fully investigate a number of improvements which could be made”.

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7:54am Mon 2 Jun 14

Myron Blatz says...

Why not just turn the building into much-needed flats - which would ensure a good yield on the investment. Town Council meetings could then be held in a suitable and cost-effective 'community space' which would only be rented when required - an old Army Marquee would probably suffice.
Why not just turn the building into much-needed flats - which would ensure a good yield on the investment. Town Council meetings could then be held in a suitable and cost-effective 'community space' which would only be rented when required - an old Army Marquee would probably suffice. Myron Blatz
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3:42pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Wolf Pack says...

What a Bloody waste of money when Abingdon is Looking like Gypsy Site You could not find a More Drab Town.
What a Bloody waste of money when Abingdon is Looking like Gypsy Site You could not find a More Drab Town. Wolf Pack
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