Contractors handed keys to Diss Corn Hall as they prepare to start refurbishment work
- Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016
There was a celebratory mood around Diss as contractors were handed the keys to the town's Corn Hall.
Work to restore and upgrade the 162-year-old building, which will cost up to £1.6 million, will start on Monday and will be done by Norwich-based company Pentaco Construction.
The original hall, Waveney Room and council chambers will be refurbished and there will be the addition of a two story expansion at the rear of the building to provide a box office, foyer, bar, gallery and exhibition areas.
Diss town mayor, Julian Mason, said the project is a long-time coming.
He said: 'It's going to be great seeing each stage of the transformation. This is probably the biggest project Diss has ever seen.
You may also want to watch:
'The Corn Hall has done an excellent job to keep the events going in other venues around the town. This project is good for the whole area not just Diss.'
The refurbishment work is part of the Diss Heritage Triangle project, which will improve parts of the town centre. The £3 million project will also include re-landscaping St Nicholas Street and Market Hill, creating gardens behind the town council offices and a Mere boardwalk.
- 1 Pings and exemptions: What are the rules around self-isolation?
- 2 'Slow down, save lives' - Police launch speed awareness campaign
- 3 'Lost a couple of staff members a day' - how the 'pingdemic' is hitting Norfolk
- 4 Truck stopped for 'unsecure load' during road check
- 5 Appeal to find 27-year-old wanted on recall to prison
- 6 69 homes for Suffolk village delayed over 'bland' design
- 7 'It's killing me': Abuse victim moved into flat with asbestos and mould
- 8 Town's long wait for new £37m bypass nearly over as funding agreed
- 9 Thunderstorms and heavy rain warning for Norfolk
- 10 Air ambulance to fly with 'vital' life saving blood every mission
It is hoped the hall will be opened next January.