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Maesteg Town Hall set to be completed this year

How The Maesteg Town Hall Could Look Once Complete (Pic: Bridgend County Borough Council)

MEMBERS of Bridgend County Borough Council have said that the Maesteg Town Hall is set to re-open this year despite lengthy delays and spiralling costs.

The multi-million-pound re-development project for the Grade II listed building was initially set to be completed in 2022, however delays in work and the discovery of dry rot in the buildings foundations meant the deadline of the project was extended by more than two years.

It also meant an increase to the overall cost of the project which has now come close to a total of £10 million, as well as drawing intense scrutiny from opposition councillors.

However both officers and cabinet members said the increase was needed at the time in order to ensure the future of the building, described as being the cultural heartbeat of the Llynfi Valley.

While a specific date has not yet been given for the opening of the Maesteg site, a council spokesperson said it was targeted to be opened later in 2024, with its day to day running set to be carried out by the Awen Cultural Trust.

In the latest update provided by the council a spokesperson said: “Maesteg Town Hall is set to reopen later this year, as the multi-million-pound redevelopment project delivered by the council and its partners at Awen Cultural Trust nears completion.

“The Grade II listed building, which will be restored as an arts and cultural venue for the town and the wider Llynfi Valley community, is heading towards the last stages of its extensive renovation works.

“Its completion will see the building returned to its former glory, with enhanced features including a new glass atrium, library and heritage centre. Studio theatre and cinema space will also be available, along with a café and mezzanine bar.

“The main auditorium has been fully restored to become a multi-functional performing arts venue once again and this includes a stage lift, dressing rooms and a bar. The balcony has also been retained and refurbished.

“The two areas of the building are linked by a modern glazed atrium and foyer fronting Talbot Street. Disabled access has also been improved through the provision of a lift.”

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As previously revealed by the local democracy reporting service, once open the building will also feature paintings from one of Wales’ greatest artists Christopher Williams, after six of his pieces were refurbished ready to be put on public display.

Speaking ahead of the opening later this year, councillor Neelo Farr, cabinet member for regeneration, economic development and housing, added: “We are absolutely delighted to be able to announce the highly anticipated reopening of this iconic building later this year. Finishing works are now progressing at pace, with all the main structural work completed.

“I know people will be amazed at the transformation of this iconic building – it has undergone a thorough and detailed restoration process alongside modern enhancements to ensure its longevity and suitability for future generations.”