South Lakeland Council has appointed Caddick Construction to reconfigure and refurbish the grade two-listed Kendal Town Hall and South Lakeland House, updating town centre office space in a project starting in October.
The £4.5m contract will see the refurbishment of the council’s offices in the town hall, as well as the creation of flexible workspace for other businesses in South Lakeland House under the council’s co-working initiative, Mintworks.
Both buildings are located on Lowther Street in Kendal town centre.
As well as upgrading work space, the planned refurbishment is intended to increase the variety of events that could be accommodated within the town hall. The project is also expected to improve disability access, open up more meeting room space for community groups, and provide a joint reception area.
The project will include the fitting of solar panels, improved insulation and windows, and the installation of a green roof.
South Lakeland Council has already secured planning consent for the scheme, which is scheduled to take a year to complete.
The council’s cabinet approved the project following a review of ways it could better use its buildings to provide services for local residents and businesses.
A business case for the project shows that the refurbishment could save the council £450,000 over 10 years.
Mark Walker, contracts manager at Caddick Construction, said: “The refurbishment of Kendal Town Hall and South Lakeland House strengthens our commitment to the Cumbria region and its supply chain.
“These projects will help to secure the future of the Town Hall and deliver vibrant, healthy workspace designed to improve productivity, which will appeal to modern businesses.”
Cllr Giles Archibald, leader of South Lakeland Council, said: “Doing this now will future proof the [authority] and the services it provides in the most cost-effective way for our residents.
“This is about making the best use of these buildings, safeguarding the future of the town hall and vastly improving accessibility for the public and putting the council at the heart of the high street.”
Lambert Smith Hampton and Blue-Sky Interior Designers produced and developed design options for the project.