Middlesbrough Town Hall is currently closed to undergo an extensive renovation. Middlesbrough Council has been awarded £3.7m by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and the council will also put £4m into the scheme.
It will see parts of the building, currently inaccessible to the public, being opened up, including the Victorian courtroom, cells and fire station which would be made into heritage attractions in their own right.
The plans also include the restoration of the carriage driveway with original glass roof which will become the main box office and circulation area, an external lighting scheme, the development of new café and bar facilities, and a new community space.
The project will involve:
- Contributing to the sustainable future use and longer-term preservation of the town hall by improving its viability as a flagship cultural venue, as well as heritage asset
- Bringing currently unused spaces of heritage significance back into use
- Improving/restoring spaces of heritage significance that are currently in use
- Developing new activities for engagement with, participation in and learning about heritage in both new and restored spaces
- Revealing the full heritage significance of Middlesbrough Town Hall as an iconic physical representation of the town/wider Teesside area’s historical and industrial heritage