Merthyr Tydfil Town Hall to get £6.4m Refurb
Thursday, 29th March 2012Contractor Graham has beaten three bidders to clinch the job to refurbish Merthyr Tydfil’s Grade II-listed old town hall. Derelict for more than 10 years, owner Merthyr Tydfil Housing Association is working to develop plans to restore the 112-year-old Grade II listed building so it can be used as a cultural and creative industries centre for the community as well as a social focal point for the town. Once completed Merthyr Tydfil College, part of the University of Glamorgan, will base their performing and visual arts courses at the Old Town Hall. Designed by architects Austin-Smith:Lord, the project has Welsh Government and Lottery heritage funding and is expected to take 17 months to complete with the new centre scheduled to open in September 2013. Councillor Jeff Edwards, Leader of the Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council, said: “The restoration of the old town hall is vital for our exciting Merthyr Learning Quarter development as well as the regeneration of the town centre.