Council chiefs will spend £245,000 replacing the windows on three sides of historic Pudsey Town Hall, it’s been confirmed.
A council report confirms that the future of the building – which dates back to 1880 – had been uncertain due to council cutbacks.
But a restructure of council services, which saw the opening of a community hub in Pudsey Library in 2016 and the moving of other council services into the Town Hall, has meant the council has ‘no plans’ to sell off the building.
A council report said:
“The window replacement has been required for a number of years but has never progressed due to considerations been made regarding the building’s future.
“There have been major issues with the windows now for a number of years, with several costly repairs been carried out. Constant staff issues are raised, especially during the winter months.”
The work will include replacing more than 140 windows along three sides of the building. The report adds:
“The fourth elevation cannot be completed at this stage due to complicated road closure issues, which are ongoing. It is recommended that this elevation is not progressed at this stage.”
Frames will be manufactured from Accoya timber to give longer durability. Other commitments include the replacement of cast-iron downpipes and minor stone and roof repairs.
The work will be put out to tender and is subject to gaining planning permission.
Pudsey Town Hall is an important building in Pudsey town centre and has historical links to the former Borough and surrounding areas. It still hosts the former Pudsey Council chamber.
The council report can be read in full here.
UPDATE JUNE 22: Walter West Builders Ltd have been awarded the contract to carry out the work for the sum of £145,249.49. The work will be carried out between 9th July 2018 and be completed by 28th September 2018. A council report on the rewarding of contracts can be read here.