UK-based Willmott Dixon Interiors has been chosen as the preferred delivery partner to revamp Wolverhampton’s Civic Halls.
Following phase two of the £38m project, the Grade II-listed building known as Wolves Civic is claimed to be transformed into a top venue.
Willmott Dixon Interiors will be responsible for delivering the remainder of the scheme. It will carry out major changes to the Civic Hall and Wulfrun Hall and enable the venue to reopen in late 2021.
The building’s design has secured approval from the planning authorities.
City of Wolverhampton Council cabinet member for city economy Harman Banger said: “After carrying out due diligence we are delighted to have chosen one of the country’s leading constructors, Willmott Dixon, to keep the works on time and on budget.
“This is now an exciting time in the project when we will begin to see real changes to the Civic Halls.”
The project was secured by Willmott Dixon via Major Works England and Northern Ireland, which is part of the Scape National Construction framework.
Willmott Dixon Interiors director Phil Crowther said: “We are delighted to have been chosen to move forward with Wolves Civic. It is a building that the whole team here feels passionate about restoring and we have the best people to bring this project back on track.
“The team and I that have worked hard to secure this project were all born within Wolverhampton. We know how important this venue is and the key part we’ll have to realise the plan.
“Structural refurbishments and historic building are our speciality and we’re extremely excited to be given the opportunity to deliver on this scheme. We intend to utilise the energy, passion and commitment of our people to strengthen the wellbeing of the society surrounding the buildings we create and have a proven track record in doing so.
“We look forward to attending the ‘Meet the Buyer’ event on Monday afternoon, to ensure we fully engage with local businesses and supply chain.”
In addition to essential structural, engineering and electrical works, a second balcony for the Civic Hall and a balcony in the Wulfrun Hall will be built to provide visitors with additional seating arrangements.
The height above the stage to the rear of the Civic Hall will be increased, allowing bigger and better shows to be conducted.
The new building will feature wider and more comfortable seats, bigger bars and revamped toilet facilities.
The renovated Civic Hall will have lift access to new balconies, better access arrangements for disabled visitors (including enhanced wheelchair access), a greater number of accessible viewing points and improved room temperatures due to the installation of a new air conditioning system.