Town hall all set for £550k revamp

St Annes Town Hall
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Work on a £547,000 project to revamp part of an ageing town hall could start in weeks, if approved by councillors today.

Last year, Fylde Council announced major plans to refurbish its headquarters in St Annes Road West.

Paul Walker

Paul Walker

The eight point plan, which started in 2014, is expected to cost in excess of £2.2m.

Work to replace the roof and windows, as well as make structural repairs, has been completed, with the latest project the third phase of the ambitious refurbishment of the building.

Paul Walker, director of development services, said the phase was a major part of the overall project.

In a council report he added: “Works to phase three involves the remodelling and refurbishment of the existing building together with a first floor extension to the Town Hall Annexe Building.

“It includes major demolition, alteration and service installation works to the East Wing working from basement up to the second floor.

“The site area has been vacated but day-to-day council operations should not be affected.”

Much of the funding for the project has been provided by the sale and disposal of surplus council assets, including the former depot site at St David’s Road North, St Annes, the former offices at Derby Road, Wesham and the Public Offices site in St Annes.

Work was completed on a £250,000 project to replace the roof of the building last summer with a fully-funded £184,000 scheme to refurbish eight bay windows and replace 160 sliding windows now complete

Speaking last year, then-Fylde Council leader Coun David Eaves said the work would allow a “fit-for-purpose office”.

He added: “This is part of the already-agreed refurbishment that came before council some time ago.”

Coun Eaves added the projects would give the council a suitable venue for use in the coming years.

He added: “This will allow services to be dealt with under one roof, and a suitable site for council meetings, rather than having to acquire premises throughout the Fylde coast to deal with council meetings and other matters.”

Fylde previously discussed building a purpose-built civic centre, but opted top keep and upgrade the town hall.

The meeting will be held at Fylde Town Hall from 6.15pm today.