The refurbishment and improvement of Whitchurch Civic Centre had been identified as a key project within the Market Town Revitalisation Programme (MTRP). Whitchurch Civic Centre was owned by Shropshire Council. The town library was provided within a small part of the building, otherwise it was leased to Whitchurch Town Council who managed the weekly market and a range of sporting and community functions as well as providing civic functions.
The project proposals involved improvements to the façade, internal alterations to create a more welcoming foyer, internal decoration to the main hall and market hall together with a significant upgrade and replacement to the heating, lighting and ventilation systems. The total cost of these improvements was estimated as £1.68m and it was proposed that works were delivered in a number of phases. The first phase of works was estimated to have a total cost of £475,255, although these costs could only be confirmed once detailed design drawings were developed and tenders were returned.
£264,000 was available through the MTRP. The Informal Programme Board had approved in principal support for the project, however it could only approve spend of up to £140,000 for MTRP projects. This report sought approval to confirm funding of £264,000 from the MTRP fund.
George Candler - Cabinet