A successful major refurbishment of Eastbourne’s historic Town Hall is nearing completion and scaffolding has been removed.
Final decoration work is now being carried out as part of the essential works to the Town Hall, first used by the council in 1886.
The project, which began in January this year, is part of an on-going schedule of work to Eastbourne’s civic buildings.
The refurbishment work saw the building covered in scaffolding to allow roofers easy access to brickwork, windows and gutters. All have been repaired or restored and the scaffolding is now almost down completely.
During the course of the work to the original rainwater gutters, the original dark red colour was revealed. This has now been matched and the rainwater pipes and guttering have been restored to the original colour in all areas included within this contract.
Additional stone cleaning and brickwork re-pointing have also have been undertaken successfully. One area of stone cleaning and repairs was unable to take place due to the time of the year and the effect it would have had on the weddings and other events. As a result, work to the front portico will take place in early November.
Council leader David Tutt said, “Investing in the fabric of the historic buildings that make Eastbourne such a unique town is a priority for the council.
“Our contractor has worked hard to manage the works and minimise disruption to staff and users of throughout the contract. They have also commented on the high regard local people have for this historic landmark. I am sure everyone is delighted to see the Town Hall emerge from its scaffolding cover to be enjoyed as it has been for more than 125 years.”
Plans to turn the Town Hall into a community hub for local organisations are expected to start within the current financial year.