Chorley Town Hall to have £87,000 repairs

The scaffolding at Chorley Town Hall
The scaffolding at Chorley Town Hall
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An £87,000 project of repair work is underway at Chorley Town Hall.

Scaffolding has been erected along one side of the civic building so that window frames can be replaced.

“The total cost of all the work is £87,000 which admittedly is a lot of money, however the work does need to be done.”

Coun Alistair Bradley

The 31 windows, mainly on the St Thomas’s Road side of the building, are said to be suffering from rot and beyond repair.

They include six feature windows in The Lancastrian function venue.

Coun Alistair Bradley, leader of Chorley Council, said: “This work has needed doing for a long time and because it’s something that will only get worse and cause more problems over time, it is not something we can ignore.

“The window frames are rotten, difficult to open and are not energy efficient by today’s modern standards.

“They are also allowing damp into the building causing further problems

“We’re also taking advantage of the scaffolding being up to do some urgent external pointing and stone repairs because it’s cheaper to do this at the same time.”

The windows are being replaced with uPVC frames and double glazing.

They will be of a traditional, sliding sash, heritage design, in keeping with the rest of the building.

The other work being done at the same time as the window frames includes: the removal and replacement of damp plaster on the wall in The Lancastrian and subsequent redecoration; internal decoration of the main atrium inside the town hall; and a replacement kitchen.

Coun Bradley said: “The total cost of all the work is £87,000 which admittedly is a lot of money, however the work does need to be done.

“If it wasn’t, it would end up costing even more as it would impact on the fabric of the building.

“The uPVC windows will mean less maintenance cost in the future and the double glazing should help reduce fuel costs.”