Exciting plans to breathe new life into historic Padiham Town Hall move a step closer

Plans to breathe new life into one of the borough's most historic buildings by transforming part of it into a business hub, have moved a step closer.

By Susan Plunkett
Tuesday, 15th December 2020, 3:45 pm

An application for listed building consent to carry out improvements to Padiham Town Hall has been agreed by Burnley Council.

The work, which is part of the major improvements works to the town centre currently taking place, will include repairs to the roof, copings and windows, as well as the refurbishment of offices and other facilities.

At the beginning of this year the council secured more than £300,000 funding from the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership to help transform part of the historic building into a business centre to provide high-quality modern office space to meet the needs of small businesses.

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Part of Padiham Town Hall is to be transformed into a business hub

The repair/refurbishment list includes:

* Essential roof repairs to include the re-lining of the existing gutter and the installation of a metal coping capping system

* Refurbishment of steel window frames, including redecoration and cold-stitching repairs to corroded elements and the installation of slim profile aluminium secondary glazing.

* Minor repairs to perished stone and cills as required.

* Re-configuration of modern stud partitions to form new doorways.

* Refurbishment of kitchens including the installation of new units.

* Refurbishment of toilet facilities including replacing damaged/obsolete sanitaryware, cubicle doors and redecoration.

* Re-decoration of common areas to ground and first floor and all first floor offices

The funding will see 3,000 sq ft of office space, which has been unused since the 2015 floods badly damaged the Grade 11 listed building, transformed into high-quality office and co-working space to meet the needs of small businesses.

Coun. Gordon Birtwistle, Burnley Council’s executive member for economy and growth, said earlier this year this was good news for Padiham and the funding would help breathe new life into the historic building in the heart of the town.

The funding is in addition to the £10.9m already secured by the council from the LEP and the Environment Agency for public realm improvements and flood defence works.