Former town hall opens its doors following restoration

Former town hall opens its doors following restoration

Prior to handing Rawtenstall’s renovated town hall over to Together Housing, the RTB Partnership is inviting members of the public to enjoy a tour of the building.

After laying empty for over ten years, the former town hall has been restored to create modern office space in a stunning historic setting.

In just a few weeks, housing provider, Together Housing, will move its Neighbourhood and Property Team in. From here, they will deliver front line services across Rossendale, with 24 staff operating from the premises. In addition the first floor will be entirely dedicated to training and meeting space, bringing in staff from across the Group.

Rawtenstall Town Hall dates back to 1876 when it was built as an ‘Exchange Club’ for stock traders. The building was extended in the late 19th and early 20th century to join the former tramway offices and become the town hall. Until 2013, the town hall was a bustling civic building, which played an important role in the lives of local people.

Councillor Alyson Barnes, Leader of the Council, said: “I am delighted that people will get to see the inside of this beautiful building before we officially hand it over to Together Housing. When I toured it recently, it brought back a lot of warm memories and sure those who go on the public tour will feel the same as well. People wanted us to retain it, we listened and now it is looking fabulous. I am pleased that we also managed to get important front-line services to operate from it.

“The refurbishment of the town hall is a tangible sign of progress of the Spinning Point project. Rawtenstall and the borough are on the up. There is a growing buzz around the town.”

The project team will be hosting tours on Thursday 20th September, with four time slots available.

Booking is essential and can be done online at http://rtb-partnership.eventbrite.com

Tours will take place at 4:00pm, 4:30pm, 5:00pm and 5:30pm on Thursday 20th September 2018; and are expected to last a maximum of 30 minutes.

Steve Riley, Contracts Director for RTB Partner Barnfield Construction said “The town hall restoration has been a challenging but extremely rewarding project for the whole team.  We’re really looking forward to meeting some of the local businesses and residents on the tours to share our experiences and showcase some of the high quality work that’s in store for the rest of the Spinning Point Development.”