A project to transform Lanarkshire Memorial Hall into a state-of-the-art community centre continues to make good progress.
Work began on the £5.3 million refurbishment project in March 2011, however due to unforeseen ground condition problems the works hit a delay and had to be revised. With the new schedule now in place, Lanarkshire Memorial Hall is back on track and is scheduled to reopen in December 2012.
The refurbishment of Lanarkshire Hall is being undertaken by South Lanarkshire Council, with Construction Services Ltd as the main contractor. An extensive programme of refurbishment works is being carried out, along with the installation of a brand new extension.
Once work is complete, the building will boast improved catering and bar facilities, a multipurpose community area and an events venue. A timeline and electronic information kiosk – developed by the Lanark Museums Trust and a number of local schools – will also be installed, whilst provisions for disabled visitors will include a brand new entrance and improved access to the site’s war memorial.
Deputy Chair of the Community Resources Committee, Councillor Hamish Stewart, said:
“South Lanarkshire Council, together with Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Scotland, has fully funded the refurbishment of this significant Grade B listed building.
“I am sure the people of Lanark will be delighted with this marvellous facility which will give Lanark an excellent arts venue to accommodate the cultural life of the town and surrounding area and will make full use of all it has to offer.”
Colin McLean, Heritage Lottery Fund, added:
“These works will repair and transform Lanark Memorial Hall into a contemporary facility so that it can continue to involve, delight, educate and entertain people for many years to come.
“We are particularly pleased to be involved with this project as South Lanarkshire is a priority area for us. We are working hard with a lot of local groups to make sure they get the most out of any lottery funding available to them.”
Work conducted so far includes the completion of concrete ground works, rot works, chimney repairs and all lead and slate works. Windows have also been installed, whilst all stone work has been completed. Scaffolding will be removed from the building towards the end of May 2012.
The steel frame for the new extension is currently being installed and this stage of works will be followed by the installation of floor slabs, along with stone and brickwork.
Provisions will also be made to accommodate the Cargill House Club, which is an area of the site that was demolished prior to work taking place.
Cargill House Club Chairperson, Kevan Carty, said:
“I am delighted on behalf of our members that the work will provide a superb venue, not only for club members but for the many other organisations in our town that use these facilities. Better access for the disabled will be a great bonus to both members and non members alike.”
Additional works include internal repairs to the basement and floors as well as the replacement of heating and ventilation systems throughout the building.
Minister for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, said:
“Lanarkshire Memorial Hall has had an important place in the community since its creation. It began as a tribute to the memory of 232 Lanark men who lost their lives in WW1 and these repairs will see it continue as a cultural venue for generations to come.”