The council is looking for proposals for new uses for part of the Town Hall such as a boutique hotel, restaurant, conference venue or office space. The new uses will enable the function rooms, including the Victoria Hall to be refurbished and made available on an on-going basis for hire by the community. The remaining part of the building would continue to be used by the council for civic and community purposes including marriage and civil partnership ceremonies, meetings in the council chamber, the Mayor’s Parlour and modest office space for councillors.
The council this week (w/c 16 November) began marketing the Town Hall, offering to lease part of the building. The council would still own the Town Hall and occupy its eastern wing.
The aim is to revitalise and protect the iconic grade II listed building whilst saving the council millions of pounds in running costs. The new partnership would mean that the Town Hall would benefit from an extensive refurbishment and in the future the substantial cost of maintaining the outside of the building and the majority of the interior would be met by the new leaseholder.
Ealing Council leader Julian Bell said: “The Town Hall is a stunning building which we are determined to preserve but internally it is in poor condition and we need to give it a secure future in a way which is not a drain on ever reducing council resources.
“The Town Hall has enormous potential and we want it to accommodate a range of community and commercial activities which contribute to Ealing’s economic and cultural life.”
Subject to planning permission, work on the Town Hall could start in spring 2017.
The council will work with local groups who regularly hire the Town Hall to identify alternative places during the building and refurbishment works.