Contractors handed keys to Diss Corn Hall as they prepare to start refurbishment work

Celebrating the start of the renovation work at Diss Corn Hall with the hand over of the keys by Dav

Celebrating the start of the renovation work at Diss Corn Hall with the hand over of the keys by David Case, front right, chairman of the Diss Corn Hall Trust, to contractor James Long, of Pentaco Construction. With them is the Mayor, Julian Mason, with councillors, and members of the Trust. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - 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.

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'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.

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It is hoped the hall will be opened next January.

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