Back in January, construction work started on the historic Guisborough Town Hall. Despite lockdown, construction was able to go ahead safely, and the Grade II listed building is now well on it’s way to being transformed.
The plans for the building are to create a new visitor accommodation on the top two floors of the hall, with a visitor in
formation centre and retail area on the ground floor.
Guisborough Town Hall has stood empty since 2013, it was bought by Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council in 2015, and The Guisborough Town Hall Gateway Project was established the following year. Guisborough residents are thrilled that the Town Hall is getting a new purpose, and will stand proudly on the high street once again.
This enormous project has been made possible thanks to a grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for £1.1million, in conjunction with £300,000 from the Tees Valley Mayor and Combined Authority. The Gateway Project is led largely by volunteers, who secured this funding after drawing up detailed financial plans.
Community really is at the heart of the project. Board members have ensured that local labour is used for the building work, with over 20 people being employed. Apprentices have the chance to learn specialist restorative building techniques, and once the Town Hall is complete, further employment opportunities will be created.
Upon completion, there will be lots of new facilities available for Guisborough residents along with boosting the tourism potential of the area. Community programmes have already been drawn up for residents, whilst visitors will be able to enjoy the accommodation designed with hikers and cyclists in mind.
Work on Guisborough Town Hall is expected to be complete by Autumn 2021. You can keep track of progress by following the Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/GTHGP