Craven District Council

Craven District Council

Town Hall refurbishment

The aim of the Council is to secure a sustainable future for a restored and improved Town Hall for use by the local community.

The Council is renovating the Town Hall in 3 phases.  

What have we done?

  • Created a new accessible entrance from Jerry Croft;
  • Removed the disabled lift from the front of the Town Hall and restoring the steps;
  • Installed an internal lift to provide access to the first floor offices and Council Chamber of the Town Hall;
  • Demolish the existing ground floor toilet facilities and constructed new toilet facilities in a similar location;
  • Internal alterations to allow commercial space at ground and first floor level within the Town Hall;
  • Decorated the foyer area of new entrance;
  • Installed a new heating system;
  • Altered the electrics to the areas affected.

It is important to note the front entrance from the High Street will remain as a public entrance.

When did we do it?

Phase 1 work was completed between November 2014 and June 2015.

Images of Phase 1

Please see the proposed images below, larger versions of the images can be viewed by clicking on the documents under the download section on the right side of this page.

Proposed view2

Proposed view3

Phase 2

What are we doing?

  • Internal alterations to allow the letting of 17/19 High Street as a self contained unit;
  • Repairing the external stone work to the Town Hall and 17 & 19 High Street including stabilising the Town Hall balcony;
  • Decorating the foyer from the High Street entrance.
  • Starting works to improve performance facilities in the main Concert Hall with new acoustic glaze, blackout blinds, acoustic panels, raked seating, new floor seating, new sound and light systems.

When are we doing it?

  • Phase 2 work is almost complete - tenants Wildwood restaurant are currently completing their fit-out and will be opening shortly.
  • Our foyer redecoration will then be completed with the addition of new flooring, remaining walls painted and paintings hung.
  • The first phase of upgrades to performance facilities are complete.

Images of Phase 2



Phase 3

What are we doing?

  • Altering and improving the annexe which houses Craven Museum & Gallery and kitchen area;
  • Restoring the Main Concert Hall;
  • Further improving facilities for performances and events
  • Improving the performance changing spaces;
  • Creating a dedicated education room and research space

When are we doing it?

The Council has recently applied for a stage 2 grant from Heritage Lottery Fund and hopes to hear the outcome of this by the beginning of 2018. Additional funding streams are also being applied to for other areas of development and improvement. We hope to begin phase 3 in early 2018.

A public consultation on the plans and future design/interpretation of Craven Museum and Gallery was undertaken this summer, the results of which are able to download opposite, along with visuals of the architectural plans presented.

Images of Phase 3


Proposed Museum Entrance

Proposed Museum General

Proposed Museum Cabinet of Curiosities