The first stage of the Council’s project to rejuvenate Victoria Hall, Radstock has been completed after major renovations in the building.
Two dance studios and gallery space with pop-up coffee bar are now available on the ground floor for classes and community events.
Councillor Paul Crossley (Lib-Dem, Southdown), Leader of Council, said: “The refurbishment of Victoria Hall is going according to plan. The refurbishment of Victoria Hall is going according to plan. Progress is excellent with new electrics, toilet facilities, lift and gas heating system being installed.
“We are delighted to handover part of the building to the tenants who will start to support the community to make the best possible use of the space available. Victoria Hall is an iconic building from Radstock’s past. It is now a big part of a prosperous future with new homes and road network upgrade also just around the corner.”
Phase one of the work re-established the building’s original access routes as well as reinvigorating community spaces at ground floor level. The second phase will revive the principle spaces at first floor that previously existed while expressing the original Victorian features which had been hidden during previous works over the years.
This will result in a variety of room sizes to suit differing community group needs and the creation of a superb flexible theatre space in the main hall.
In addition the building is to be made fully accessible for disabled people on both floors – it is Disability Discrimination Act compliant. Full completion of the work is anticipated in December 2013.
George Hill, Principal of Bath Dance College will operate from Victoria Hall and will be encouraging the community to make full use of the building. When not in use as dance studio it will be available for hire by the community use and the leasee will maximise community use with a target of 20 hours per week, subject to demand from the community.
George Hill said: “We are committed to making Victoria Hall operate as a community facility, including developing the building to become an arts centre. The response by the community to the refurbished building has been very positive. We’ve received many enquiries from local groups and people about the availability of the hall. Interest is high. The craft fair on Sunday 8th September is an excellent start and will take place again on Sunday 6th October, 10am – 3pm.”
Are you interested in using Victoria Hall? Enquiries are welcome. Go to www.victoriahallradstock.co.uk or follow on Twitter via @vhradstock or call 07885 615325.
The organisations already signed-up to use the building from September are Share the Harmony adult choir, Sheila Broun drawing classes, Bath Circle, Somer Valley FM, Radstock Children’s Choir, Choir Rocks, Butterfly Psyche Theatre Company, and Play 8-80 drama group. These are in additional to Susan Hill School of Dancing and Bath Dance College.