Failsworth Town Hall set for new life

Oldham Council said the refurbishment of Failsworth Town Hall is expected to be fully complete within the next few months.

Work was carried out to extend the building to accommodate a range of existing and new community facilities.

Cllr John McCann, cabinet member for regeneration and environment, said: "Significant investment has been made in refurbishing and extending the town hall in a sympathetic manner.

"The building will now house the library and Lifelong Learning services, as well as a function hall that will be available to the wider community.

"The main construction works have now been completed and the next two months will be dedicated to fitting out the building and adding the finishing touches."

The current library service will be relocated from Main Street to the Town Hall. The existing Failsworth community centre is being demolished once tenants are relocated to the new building.

Construction of new retail units on the North Bank section of Falisworth district centre, as replacement accommodation for existing retailers, has already been completed next to the Rochdale Canal.

The final section of the scheme will include an Aldi supermarket, drive-through KFC, associated car parking and landscaping works being constructed as part of the wider redevelopment of Failsworth district centre.

Owned by the council and located on Oldham Road, it was announced in the summer last year approximately £2.2m was being spent on refurbishing and extending the town hall building.

Failsworth Town Hall is more than 100 years old but had laid vacant for several years and been blighted by vandalism.

Preston-based Wareing Buildings were appointed by the council for the redevelopment project.

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