Work to transform Glossop's heritage halls is gathering pace and additional funding means the ambitious project will be delivered sooner rather than later.
Described as High Peak Borough Council’s most important regeneration project in Glossop for decades will bring the Town Hall, Market Hall, and Municipal Buildings up to modern standards.
As well as creating jobs and new spaces for entrepreneurs and micro-businesses, the work is seeing the introduction of energy saving technologies and fibre broadband.
After being awarded funding of £2 million from the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, a revised programme of work is now being planned and the council has warned this will mean some further temporary disruption.
Councillor Anthony Mckeown, Leader of the Council, said: “We’re delighted to have won a significant amount of funding from D2N2 for this work following our application which, along with the money the Council continues to invest, means we’re able to get on and deliver this project sooner rather than later.
“Renovation projects such as this inevitably mean some temporary disruption whilst the work is carried out, including for traders in the town hall arcade, and we’ll be keeping everyone updated as we move onto the next stage.”
Discussions are now beginning with town hall arcade and market traders on how the work programme will affect them and what the alternative trading arrangements might be.
Councillor Damien Greenhalgh, Deputy Leader and Executive Councillor for Regeneration, Tourism and Leisure, said: “We’ve been clear from the start that we’ll support market traders wherever we can.
“That commitment has not changed, and we’ll now be working with them to offer solutions which enable them to continue to do business whilst these much-needed improvements take place.
“Whilst major projects like this can’t be delivered without some short-term inconvenience, the result will be absolutely worth it – rejuvenated public buildings which will breathe new life into the heart of Glossop offering opportunities for entrepreneurs and business start-ups as well as giving the focus for a revitalised market, leisure, events and our emerging food and drink scene.
“It’s exactly the boost Glossop needs as our community and its businesses emerge from the lockdowns and restrictions imposed on us by the Covid pandemic and we seek to build back stronger.”
Work undertaken to date has included the strip-out of the internal market hall and the installation of a large, central glazed sky light, replacement of the flat roof at the Municipal Buildings and the creation of two new glazed roof lanterns and the re-slating of all roofs.
The project also involves refurbishing the Town Hall, including work to restore the ornate plasterwork, and replacing the lift and renovating the Market Hall to create a new mezzanine floor providing units for creative and start-up businesses and food and retail units on the ground floor.