Reopening of newly-refurbished Grade I listed Wakefield Town Hall

PR 4999

Date: 13/07/15

 

Wakefield Town Hall is to reopen after a major two-year refurbishment programme.

The iconic Grade I listed building has undergone extensive restoration since 2013, and a new heating system has been installed to upgrade it to modern standards.

As part of the restoration work on the building, which originally opened in 1880, tiled walls have been uncovered, external stonework has been cleaned, repaired and restored. Ornate artwork on the walls and ceilings has also been revamped and cleaned to ensure the building is returned to its former glory.

Cllr Graham Stokes, Cabinet Member for Modern Public Services, said: "We have worked long and hard to do justice to this important Grade I listed building, which is a central part of the city's civic quarter. It's a beautiful venue and I look forward to it coming back into public use."

Council employees will be moving back into offices in the building from August and services for the public will reopen in November.

Wakefield Register Office will be moving from its current location at 71 Northgate into the Town Hall.  Whilst ceremonies will still be taking place at Northgate until 31 December 2015, all other Registration Services will be based in the Town Hall from the 23 November 2015.

From January, all Wakefield Registration and Celebratory Services will be held at the Town Hall. These services include marriages, civil partnerships, renewal of vows, citizenship ceremonies, civil funeral ceremonies and remembrance ceremonies.

People will be able to choose from two ceremony rooms and a variety of wedding packages, including the option to host the entire event in one venue.

The Town Hall will also be hosting a Ceremony Fair on the 15 November between 11am– 3pm for people to have a look at the rooms and facilities and also to meet local suppliers.

Wakefield Town Hall was designed by architect Thomas Edward Collcutt, who also designed The Savoy and the Palace Theatre in London. It was officially opened in 1880.

It is Grade I listed in recognition of its historic importance. The listing includes references to the freely-interpreted north European Gothic style of the building, bay windows, balcony and imposing clock tower which had also undergone a major refurbishment.

For further information about a ceremony contact ceremonies@wakefield.gov.uk or for venue hire for wedding receptions/ parties and other events contact eventsandfunctions@wakefield.gov.uk