27 June 2011>
Blackwood Miners Institute looks set to receive a £750,000 revamp to give the much-loved valleys venue a new lease of life.
Caerphilly county borough council's cabinet will consider a report next week (Tuesday 28th June) outlining a range of improvements that will give the building a new bill of health.
"Blackwood Miners Institute is a valleys institution and has become renowned over the years as a major venue for live music, theatre and other community activities," said Cllr Colin Mann, Deputy Leader of Council.
"If agreed, these works would ensure that the building is fit for purpose for future generations and will continue to be a beacon for community arts in South Wales," added Cllr Allan Pritchard, Leader of Council.
If agreed, the proposed works will be carried out in three phases:
- Phase1 - Making the building weather-tight including a complete roof replacement. Cleaning and re-pointing the main facade and demolition of the Lesser Hall to improve vehicle access at the rear of the building.
- Phase 2 - Replace the seating in the main auditorium and redecorate the reception and theatre area.
- Phase 3 - Replace fire doors and repair defective flooring. Provide showering facilities and improve changing rooms.
The site is protected by grade 2 listed building status and will require listed building consent. In addition a bat survey is required to the roof structures and Lesser Hall before works start.
The proposed refurbishment works would also take into account energy efficiency improvements to ensure the building becomes 'cleaner and greener'.
It is hoped that work can begin immediately, but careful consideration will need to be given to the performance schedule in order to limit any disruption to the running of the venue.
The issue will be considered at the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday 28th June at 2pm in Penallta House Council Offices.
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