Progress!

Funding News.  Our successful application to the New Homes Fund through Torridge District Council raised a very significant £30K in additional funding and as a result we have been able to push ahead with our plans to complete the most currently visible part of this renovation, the glazing of the undercroft. Our application to the Big Lottery Reaching Communities fund continues to be pushed ahead and we await news of this important funding needed to complete our project. Huge thanks to the Chamber Of Trade who recently donated £1100.00 from the profits from their 'Round The Square' event.

Inside the newly-glazed undercroft looking out into the square

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Latest renovation news. As anyone who has recently visited Torrington town centre can see, the Town Hall is starting to look transformed. The undercroft area has been renovated and glazed, the adjacent former Townlands office has had the bay removed and the original arch glazed to match and these two spaces have now been opened up into a single spacious area. A ground floor disabled toilet is now being installed for completion mid-September which will then allow this area to be opened for community events.

Planned open days. We have two important Open Days planned for September 29th and 30th 2017 where we officially open the Town Hall for business. Initially this will be limited to the undercroft area as without the new rear extension we will still be without our catering facility, lift and main toilets, but importantly, this building will start to become a part of our active town centre once again. Friday September 29th will be for invited guests only and will take place between 12.00 noon and 2.00pm. Saturday September 30th will be a Pop-In for all our community and will take place between 10.00am and 2.00pm.

Get Involved. Our committee of hard working volunteers needs to continue to push this project forward to completion and see our Town Hall restored to it's position as THE building at the centre of our community. We need enthusiastic volunteers to join the committee who can spare a little time each month and help this important project reach fruition, so if you think you could spare some time and have got the skills and energy to help us, please send in your details via this website contact page.

Phase 1: complete.

Following an archaeological survey, work to reconstruct and strengthen the main floor in the large hall began in early June 2013 and was completed in late October 2013. Completion of this phase addressed the main problem that caused the building to close many years ago.

To avoid duplication of work, this phase also included all installations such as heating and electrics in the floor void of the main hall and side hall to allow seamless integration with following phases.

Phase 2: complete.

This phase was to completely renovate and decorate the main hall, adjacent small hall and adjacent 1st floor room  which all interlink. This included restoring the plasterwork, ceiling coving and cornicing, wall panelling, flooring and balcony, together with installing all the new lighting, electricals and mechanicals which allow integration with future phases. This work has now completed and the results are very good indeed, with the portrait collection now proudly re-hung throughout both halls.

Phase 3 (part complete)

This phase is to renovate much of the ground floor area of the existing building which currently consists of the former flour store, the store used for Mayfair fixtures and fittings, undercroft and other connected spaces. Within this phase we will install the plant room with all incoming services, a ground floor disabled WC and renovate all the structure and flooring. This phase may be carried out in conjunction with phase 4 (extension and lift) depending on funds raised. This phase is now partly complete having now lifted the old flagstone floor of the undercroft, completed the archaeology, levelled, insulated and re-laid the flagstones.

Phase 4 (part complete)

This phase is to demolish the old inadequate rear extension and replace it with a much larger modern construction which will house the catering facility on the ground floor and the male/female and disabled toilets on the first floor. Included in this extension is the installation of the lift, which we may need to separate as a specific part of the works for funding purposes, together with all the mechanicals and electricals to link this new build into the main property. This phase is currently part complete, having demolished the old extension and installed the foundations and services ready to accept the new extension.

Phase 5 (part complete)

This was to be the final phase to give this prominent building the street-level entrance and prominence that it needs, but due to funding availability it was decided we should complete as much as possible of this phase ahead of the rear extension and lift, so as we could open the building in part as soon as possible. The former Townlands office space has been knocked-through into the undercroft area, which itself is now fully glazed with double central front entrance doors together with side doors from the existing thoroughfare which will also give level disabled access from the street. The existing bay front to the former Townlands office has been removed and the original arch that's been revealed is now glazed in keeping with the look of the remaining building. This new internal floorspace, once linked through to the new extension, will provide a prominent reception area with access points to all parts of the building and space for meetings and refreshments when the remainder of the renovation is complete.