WORK to transform Royton Town Hall and Library into a multi-use community hub has now begun.
The project will breathe new life into the town hall and adjoining Royton Library to create a welcoming, family-friendly venue.
As well as creating an improved library area and better community rooms, there will also be space for a local business to launch.
To allow works to progress, the access ramp will be closed from Monday, October 23 for one week.
There will also be major work to the roof carried out from November 8 to December 3, and during this time the library will have to close.
You can use any other local library, details of which are at: www.oldham.gov.uk/libraries
Cllr Arooj Shah, Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic and Social Reform, said: “This is a really exciting project for Royton. Residents are rightly very proud of their town hall so we’re delighted to see work begin to improve it and the library for the community.
“It’s something we’ve been committed to doing for a long time but couldn’t start during the pandemic. It’s great news that work has started and the building will soon get a new lease of life.”
The historic building is being made accessible for all users and will become much more energy efficient – supporting Oldham Council’s commitment to becoming the greenest borough in Greater Manchester.
The 1960s rear extension will be demolished with the cleared area then landscaped to create a flagged area with seating.
The existing library area is being sub-divided into two distinct areas. The first being a newly created refurbished library area and next to this, a commercial space which we would like to rent to a local business or social enterprise such as a café or use complementary to the library.
A reception desk will manage both the new library area and offices for council staff – which will extend to the ground floor of Royton Town Hall.
Upstairs in the town hall, the existing community room will be retained and revamped to offer an improved area for the community to use. The refurbishment will also include a platform lift, accessible toilet and kitchen area.
The whole building will also benefit from the installation of additional sustainability and energy efficiency measures to reduce its carbon footprint, as part of Oldham Council’s target of becoming carbon neutral by 2025 followed by the whole borough by 2030.
The refurbished town hall is expected to be complete and fully open to the community later next year.