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Skipton Town Hall's Extreme Makeover - Before and After

The first phase of Skipton Town Hall's makeover is drawing to a close - and these 'before and after' pictures show how much the building has improved.

Town Hall after

The new accessible entrance, ramp, toilets and corridor on the ground floor have now been completed and the public are able to use these facilities when visiting the venue.

The side of the Town Hall has been transformed with a sleek, shiny new accessible entrance and toilet block replacing the battered old extension which was there previously.

Craven District Council has invested £770,000 in the transformation of the Town Hall, which reopened to the public on May 1.

Councillor Simon Myers, lead member for the Town Hall, said: "After 40 years of neglect, at a time when most councils are getting rid of their public buildings, we've invested over £700,000 in our Town Hall for the benefit of the community.

"And what a fantastic transformation it is - the new side of the building looks great and makes it far more accessible to the community, and the front of the Town Hall will be a huge improvement."

The Town Hall as it used to look:

Town hall before

Contractors have also now removed the old lift from the front of the building and restored the front steps to its original façade.

A new heating system has been installed in the basement, making the Town Hall a more energy efficient building and paving the way for subdivision into separate commercial units.

Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the Town Hall development are yet to come - these will include internal alterations to allow the letting of part of the building as a self-contained unit, restoring the ceiling in the main hall, improving the performance changing spaces, and a major feasibility project to explore further uses for the building.