Council wants local workers to help improve town hall

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WIGAN Council is seeking local subcontractors to help in the £6.1m transformation of Wigan Town Hall.

Construction company, ISG, is on the lookout for local workers to get involved in the refurbishment, which is due to start in October.

A supply chain event giving local companies an overview of the works programme and packages of work available will take place on Wednesday August 7, between 10am-2pm in Wigan Town Hall’s Charter Suite.

Earlier this month council chiefs said that the programme would save the authority £1m a year in employee and building running costs as they look to centralise up to dozen small council satellite offices.

Work on the Library Street council hub will see contractors uncovering some of the Victorian town hall’s original features for the first time since they were concealed by modifications to the interior carried out in the 1970s.

They will also create a new reception area with stained glass windows.

A council spokesperson said: “We’re pleased that this important appointment has been made which will create local jobs and save local taxpayers millions of pounds by helping us to drastically reduce the number of buildings we operate.”

Ms Hall said that as the main civic site it needs to be of a high standard and that couples getting married in the atrium have been shunning the Charter Suite for receptions because it looks jaded.

ISG are particularly interested in hearing from companies involved in: demolition, waterproofing, structural steelwork, fire stopping, scaffolding, mastic, roof tiles and slates, brick and blockwork, diamond drilling and cutting, partitions and ceilings, ceramic floors, joinery, floor finishes, decorating, furniture and M&E.

Those wishing to attend or to be considered for the project should RSVP to:<

Representatives from Wigan Council and Wigan and Leigh College will also be on hand to answer questions on the project and to discuss local employment and apprenticeship initiatives in the area.