A contractor has now been appointed to begin renovation work on Bradford’s historic St George’s Hall. Henry Boot has been selected to carry out the works to transform the iconic Grade ll listed building. Work will begin on site as soon as possible and it is anticipated it will be completed towards the end of 2018.
This major refurbishment – the first in over 30 years – will revamp the auditorium and the front-of-house area. Work has been underway for the past year behind the scenes with site surveys, conservation specialists, architects, specialist seating consultants and interior designers making preparations for the project.
Surveys have been made into the ceilings, walls and structural supports in the bar and front of house areas. The state of the stonework and of the electrics could not be properly assessed until in-depth exploration took place with everything inside the building being taken out.
The exploration revealed that more extensive work will have to be carried out than was previously expected which has resulted in the estimates for the work increasing. The total project cost is now £8.2 million with £1.5 million coming from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
A Bradford Council spokesperson said: “This is a Grade Two listed Victorian building that is an incredibly important part of our district’s cultural heritage and it is vital that it’s restored to its former glory and can be enjoyed by local residents and visitors to our city once again.
“The last time St George’s Hall, which was built in 1851, had any major work carried out was in 1983. General maintenance has taken place since then, and also remedial works when in 2003 a large piece of ornate plasterwork fell from the ceiling overnight, and further fine cracks were discovered.”