Albert Halls to have a £4 million make-over - but will close for nine months

This Is Lancashire: Albert Halls to have a £4 million make-over - but will close for nine months Albert Halls to have a £4 million make-over - but will close for nine months

THE Albert Halls will close for up to nine months so it can undergo a £4 million make-over.

The Grade-II listed theatre and entertainment venue, which plays host to dozens of shows, pantos, conferences and weddings every year, is set for a complete overhaul.

Town hall bosses say the revamp is expected to start by March 2015, and the Hall’s 42 permanent members of staff will be found other roles within the council, as functions and shows are moved to other venues in Bolton.

But about 70 casual staff will also be affected by the closure.

Plans for the new-look Halls are still in the early stages of development as the council now look to appoint an architect to deliver its vision.

Malcolm Cox, director of environmental services at the authority, said money for the scheme was allocated in the council’s capital programme budget, saved for big schemes.

He added: “We’re looking to put in a really nice public restaurant, as well as opening up its accessibility to the public.

“We want to make the Halls a high quality venue for both sides of the business — the conferences and weddings but also for events and programmes.

“It will be quite an opportunity to look at maximising its appeal and accessibility.

“In the end it will be a venue that is fit for purpose that people will want to visit.”

Roof repairs, electrical maintenance, a new lift and general redecoration of the protected building is on the cards, and work will complete the rest of the town hall is refurbished.

Anyone who has made a booking at The Albert Halls function rooms for 2015 will be offered help to find an alternative venue.

Cllr Cliff Morris, leader of Bolton Council, said he is looking forward to seeing what the future has in store for the public areas of the town hall.

He added: “The town hall is a magnificent Grade-II listed building and we have worked hard on improving facilities to enable us to accommodate the majority of our employees, so we can rationalise the rest of our property portfolio thus saving £1 million per year.

“During this time we have kept The Albert Halls’ side of the building running and open to the public.

“However we are now at the stage where we can focus our attention to the theatre, Dido restaurant and function rooms with the aim of renovating the building and improving the services we offer.

“There are essential maintenance works that need carrying out, but we also have the opportunity to improve access and develop amenities to enhance the public’s overall experience of The Albert Halls.”

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7:41am Mon 5 May 14

Don Kiddick says...

A make over conplete with turrets and domes? This is Bolton afterall!
A make over conplete with turrets and domes? This is Bolton afterall! Don Kiddick
  • Score: -15

7:48am Mon 5 May 14

GCD1950 says...

Better make sure you fit sprinkler systems then you won,t have to rely on our diminishing fire fighters aged 65 pus.
Better make sure you fit sprinkler systems then you won,t have to rely on our diminishing fire fighters aged 65 pus. GCD1950
  • Score: 28

8:07am Mon 5 May 14

wombat2537 says...

This money would have been better spent on fixing the Pot Holes
This money would have been better spent on fixing the Pot Holes wombat2537
  • Score: 2

8:17am Mon 5 May 14

The Righteous One says...

wombat2537 wrote:
This money would have been better spent on fixing the Pot Holes
Possibly the money has come from a fund which is specifically for "The Arts" (aka Albert Halls) and as such cannot be spent on the pot-holes.

As it is it is part of the regeneration of the town hall so that the majority of departments, which are based in rented office blocks can move into the town hall, thus saving the Council money, in the long term, thus enabling a road repair programme (although I believe that when I see it!!!)
[quote][p][bold]wombat2537[/bold] wrote: This money would have been better spent on fixing the Pot Holes[/p][/quote]Possibly the money has come from a fund which is specifically for "The Arts" (aka Albert Halls) and as such cannot be spent on the pot-holes. As it is it is part of the regeneration of the town hall so that the majority of departments, which are based in rented office blocks can move into the town hall, thus saving the Council money, in the long term, thus enabling a road repair programme (although I believe that when I see it!!!) The Righteous One
  • Score: 16

8:22am Mon 5 May 14

lancashiregirl says...

I thought the Council had no money, I can think of better ways to spend the money, nothing wrong with the Albert Hall. What about all the pot holes.
I thought the Council had no money, I can think of better ways to spend the money, nothing wrong with the Albert Hall. What about all the pot holes. lancashiregirl
  • Score: -17

8:29am Mon 5 May 14

JustBecause says...

Assuming that the hall makes money for the council, are there figures to show how long to recoup this cash ?
Assuming that the hall makes money for the council, are there figures to show how long to recoup this cash ? JustBecause
  • Score: 20

8:59am Mon 5 May 14

breightmet kid says...

More money being spent on the Town Hall. Ridiculous.

What about all the pot holed roads, all the grot spots and rubbish floating around the streets, what about spending some money on Breightmet where a local park has been sold off and built on.

This Council is a joke.
More money being spent on the Town Hall. Ridiculous. What about all the pot holed roads, all the grot spots and rubbish floating around the streets, what about spending some money on Breightmet where a local park has been sold off and built on. This Council is a joke. breightmet kid
  • Score: 7

9:13am Mon 5 May 14

Bob Shaftoe says...

Now we know where the Icelandic bank refund is going, spent on yet more refurbs to the clown hall. You couldn't make it up.
Only 16 days to polling day.
Now we know where the Icelandic bank refund is going, spent on yet more refurbs to the clown hall. You couldn't make it up. Only 16 days to polling day. Bob Shaftoe
  • Score: 18

9:14am Mon 5 May 14

John Edwards says...

I've got to agree with most of you, "The Roads, what about the road"? Another waste of community tax. It's time they turned the town hall into student accommodation like everything else. Bolton rates bottom of all universities. because they have tried to turn a collage into a university. This council is trying to turn derelict Bolton, a sows ear, into a silk purse. Never in the memory of man. Roll on the 22nd, vote wisely.
I've got to agree with most of you, "The Roads, what about the road"? Another waste of community tax. It's time they turned the town hall into student accommodation like everything else. Bolton rates bottom of all universities. because they have tried to turn a collage into a university. This council is trying to turn derelict Bolton, a sows ear, into a silk purse. Never in the memory of man. Roll on the 22nd, vote wisely. John Edwards
  • Score: -7

9:59am Mon 5 May 14

I, Ludicrous says...

Hopefully they might do something to sort out the dreadful acoustics in the main hall. Seen a couple of bands there now, both of whom sounded like they were playing in a biscuit tin.
Hopefully they might do something to sort out the dreadful acoustics in the main hall. Seen a couple of bands there now, both of whom sounded like they were playing in a biscuit tin. I, Ludicrous
  • Score: 28

11:01am Mon 5 May 14

MrsB11 says...

I'm surprised it's not being converted into a mosque through "high public demand"
I'm surprised it's not being converted into a mosque through "high public demand" MrsB11
  • Score: -13

11:47am Mon 5 May 14

smiley111 says...

lets hope they do something about those dreadful uncomfortable seats and the legroom, dont know about everyone else but im in agony before the show has even come on! lol then they are in sets of four so you can feel it when others get up and down it can shake the whole four seats if your unlucky! lol get them sorted out please! and carpet in the "public"toilets? whats all that about? very unhygenic mops are more effective than hoovers in public loos at banishing the germs very grubby idea carpet in a public loo!
lets hope they do something about those dreadful uncomfortable seats and the legroom, dont know about everyone else but im in agony before the show has even come on! lol then they are in sets of four so you can feel it when others get up and down it can shake the whole four seats if your unlucky! lol get them sorted out please! and carpet in the "public"toilets? whats all that about? very unhygenic mops are more effective than hoovers in public loos at banishing the germs very grubby idea carpet in a public loo! smiley111
  • Score: 23

12:36pm Mon 5 May 14

GreatLever says...

Well I have just picked myself up off the floor.......... there is not a Black or Asian face in the audience!

What on earth is The Council playing at!
Well I have just picked myself up off the floor.......... there is not a Black or Asian face in the audience! What on earth is The Council playing at! GreatLever
  • Score: -9

1:20pm Mon 5 May 14

boltonnut says...

GreatLever wrote:
Well I have just picked myself up off the floor.......... there is not a Black or Asian face in the audience!

What on earth is The Council playing at!
Also there's not a face under 80 years of age,I'm not being "ageist"( I'm not that young myself) I was just wondering what the occasion was.
[quote][p][bold]GreatLever[/bold] wrote: Well I have just picked myself up off the floor.......... there is not a Black or Asian face in the audience! What on earth is The Council playing at![/p][/quote]Also there's not a face under 80 years of age,I'm not being "ageist"( I'm not that young myself) I was just wondering what the occasion was. boltonnut
  • Score: -15

1:39pm Mon 5 May 14

The Righteous One says...

Firstly all those who are saying roll on the 22nd - hope you realise that only 1/3 (20) of the council seats are up for grabs and no matter what "avalanche" may happen it still means that Labour will still have control of the council, due to the number of seats they already hold!!!

Secondly, as mentioned earlier, the money for The Albert Hall has more than likely come from a "Arts" fund which means it has to be specifically be spent on the arts and if diverted away then its money gained by deception (aka fraud)!!!
Firstly all those who are saying roll on the 22nd - hope you realise that only 1/3 (20) of the council seats are up for grabs and no matter what "avalanche" may happen it still means that Labour will still have control of the council, due to the number of seats they already hold!!! Secondly, as mentioned earlier, the money for The Albert Hall has more than likely come from a "Arts" fund which means it has to be specifically be spent on the arts and if diverted away then its money gained by deception (aka fraud)!!! The Righteous One
  • Score: 9

3:33pm Mon 5 May 14

Don Kiddick says...

boltonnut wrote:
GreatLever wrote:
Well I have just picked myself up off the floor.......... there is not a Black or Asian face in the audience!

What on earth is The Council playing at!
Also there's not a face under 80 years of age,I'm not being "ageist"( I'm not that young myself) I was just wondering what the occasion was.
Chippendales?
[quote][p][bold]boltonnut[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GreatLever[/bold] wrote: Well I have just picked myself up off the floor.......... there is not a Black or Asian face in the audience! What on earth is The Council playing at![/p][/quote]Also there's not a face under 80 years of age,I'm not being "ageist"( I'm not that young myself) I was just wondering what the occasion was.[/p][/quote]Chippendales? Don Kiddick
  • Score: 7

5:42pm Mon 5 May 14

united99 says...

MrsB11 wrote:
I'm surprised it's not being converted into a mosque through "high public demand"
let it go - still waiting to hear if you have moved away from bolton yet !!!
you'll fit in really well in oldham or burnley.
[quote][p][bold]MrsB11[/bold] wrote: I'm surprised it's not being converted into a mosque through "high public demand"[/p][/quote]let it go - still waiting to hear if you have moved away from bolton yet !!! you'll fit in really well in oldham or burnley. united99
  • Score: 5

10:08pm Mon 5 May 14

mr.mark.c says...

Its near 35yrs since its last major overhaul (the fire) so 4 million is not a lot.
Its near 35yrs since its last major overhaul (the fire) so 4 million is not a lot. mr.mark.c
  • Score: 4

10:39pm Mon 5 May 14

MrsB11 says...

united99 wrote:
MrsB11 wrote:
I'm surprised it's not being converted into a mosque through "high public demand"
let it go - still waiting to hear if you have moved away from bolton yet !!!
you'll fit in really well in oldham or burnley.
Typical arrogant, Muslim comment!! And you wonder why your race is hated? Shouldn't you be forming paedophile rings and raping young white girls? You do pray to one after all. Go on, report my comment and have it removed.
[quote][p][bold]united99[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MrsB11[/bold] wrote: I'm surprised it's not being converted into a mosque through "high public demand"[/p][/quote]let it go - still waiting to hear if you have moved away from bolton yet !!! you'll fit in really well in oldham or burnley.[/p][/quote]Typical arrogant, Muslim comment!! And you wonder why your race is hated? Shouldn't you be forming paedophile rings and raping young white girls? You do pray to one after all. Go on, report my comment and have it removed. MrsB11
  • Score: 0

11:05pm Mon 5 May 14

mr.mark.c says...

MrsB11 wrote:
united99 wrote:
MrsB11 wrote:
I'm surprised it's not being converted into a mosque through "high public demand"
let it go - still waiting to hear if you have moved away from bolton yet !!!
you'll fit in really well in oldham or burnley.
Typical arrogant, Muslim comment!! And you wonder why your race is hated? Shouldn't you be forming paedophile rings and raping young white girls? You do pray to one after all. Go on, report my comment and have it removed.
Actually its the same God and Islam does teach about Jesus being the son of God, and then the teachings of the prophet Mohammed.
In other words, Islam carries on where Christianity stopped in the Bible.
But what this has to do with the Albert Halls is ???????
[quote][p][bold]MrsB11[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]united99[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MrsB11[/bold] wrote: I'm surprised it's not being converted into a mosque through "high public demand"[/p][/quote]let it go - still waiting to hear if you have moved away from bolton yet !!! you'll fit in really well in oldham or burnley.[/p][/quote]Typical arrogant, Muslim comment!! And you wonder why your race is hated? Shouldn't you be forming paedophile rings and raping young white girls? You do pray to one after all. Go on, report my comment and have it removed.[/p][/quote]Actually its the same God and Islam does teach about Jesus being the son of God, and then the teachings of the prophet Mohammed. In other words, Islam carries on where Christianity stopped in the Bible. But what this has to do with the Albert Halls is ??????? mr.mark.c
  • Score: -1

7:34am Tue 6 May 14

JustBecause says...

Shocking, a story that relates to a refurbished theatre gets turned into another racist argument.

I personally think the comment section should only be open to people with their names fully on shows that would immediately remove all he racist cowards.
Shocking, a story that relates to a refurbished theatre gets turned into another racist argument. I personally think the comment section should only be open to people with their names fully on shows that would immediately remove all he racist cowards. JustBecause
  • Score: 5

7:55am Tue 6 May 14

Rememberscarborough says...

JustBecause wrote:
Shocking, a story that relates to a refurbished theatre gets turned into another racist argument.

I personally think the comment section should only be open to people with their names fully on shows that would immediately remove all he racist cowards.
Agree - it was petty bickering like this that meant the BN removed the forums and pretty soon they're going to remove the right to comment because one or two can't get their head around the fact that skin colour isn't the be all and end all in this world.
[quote][p][bold]JustBecause[/bold] wrote: Shocking, a story that relates to a refurbished theatre gets turned into another racist argument. I personally think the comment section should only be open to people with their names fully on shows that would immediately remove all he racist cowards.[/p][/quote]Agree - it was petty bickering like this that meant the BN removed the forums and pretty soon they're going to remove the right to comment because one or two can't get their head around the fact that skin colour isn't the be all and end all in this world. Rememberscarborough
  • Score: 1

8:08am Tue 6 May 14

harry white2 says...

never mind pot holes lets have more lavs
never mind pot holes lets have more lavs harry white2
  • Score: 2

8:43am Tue 6 May 14

Balboa says...

"The council looks to appoint an architect" - rubbish. The in-house muppets will get that job, and the council will organise a sham tender exercise for external firms to comply with audits.
"The council looks to appoint an architect" - rubbish. The in-house muppets will get that job, and the council will organise a sham tender exercise for external firms to comply with audits. Balboa
  • Score: -2

11:01am Tue 6 May 14

The Righteous One says...

mr.mark.c wrote:
Its near 35yrs since its last major overhaul (the fire) so 4 million is not a lot.
Are you sure about that as I am sure I was in my teens, at Thornleigh, when it burned down and that was just under 30 years ago!
[quote][p][bold]mr.mark.c[/bold] wrote: Its near 35yrs since its last major overhaul (the fire) so 4 million is not a lot.[/p][/quote]Are you sure about that as I am sure I was in my teens, at Thornleigh, when it burned down and that was just under 30 years ago! The Righteous One
  • Score: -2

5:35pm Tue 6 May 14

mr.mark.c says...

The Righteous One wrote:
mr.mark.c wrote:
Its near 35yrs since its last major overhaul (the fire) so 4 million is not a lot.
Are you sure about that as I am sure I was in my teens, at Thornleigh, when it burned down and that was just under 30 years ago!
1980 I think
[quote][p][bold]The Righteous One[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mr.mark.c[/bold] wrote: Its near 35yrs since its last major overhaul (the fire) so 4 million is not a lot.[/p][/quote]Are you sure about that as I am sure I was in my teens, at Thornleigh, when it burned down and that was just under 30 years ago![/p][/quote]1980 I think mr.mark.c
  • Score: 0

6:17pm Tue 6 May 14

lv8151 says...

mr.mark.c wrote:
The Righteous One wrote:
mr.mark.c wrote:
Its near 35yrs since its last major overhaul (the fire) so 4 million is not a lot.
Are you sure about that as I am sure I was in my teens, at Thornleigh, when it burned down and that was just under 30 years ago!
1980 I think
14th november 1981
[quote][p][bold]mr.mark.c[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Righteous One[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mr.mark.c[/bold] wrote: Its near 35yrs since its last major overhaul (the fire) so 4 million is not a lot.[/p][/quote]Are you sure about that as I am sure I was in my teens, at Thornleigh, when it burned down and that was just under 30 years ago![/p][/quote]1980 I think[/p][/quote]14th november 1981 lv8151
  • Score: 3

6:23pm Tue 6 May 14

mr.mark.c says...

lv8151 wrote:
mr.mark.c wrote:
The Righteous One wrote:
mr.mark.c wrote:
Its near 35yrs since its last major overhaul (the fire) so 4 million is not a lot.
Are you sure about that as I am sure I was in my teens, at Thornleigh, when it burned down and that was just under 30 years ago!
1980 I think
14th november 1981
Cheers, I was almost right but no cigar this time.
[quote][p][bold]lv8151[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mr.mark.c[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Righteous One[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mr.mark.c[/bold] wrote: Its near 35yrs since its last major overhaul (the fire) so 4 million is not a lot.[/p][/quote]Are you sure about that as I am sure I was in my teens, at Thornleigh, when it burned down and that was just under 30 years ago![/p][/quote]1980 I think[/p][/quote]14th november 1981[/p][/quote]Cheers, I was almost right but no cigar this time. mr.mark.c
  • Score: 1

9:52pm Tue 6 May 14

The Righteous One says...

Still makes me feel old knowing it was that long ago!
Still makes me feel old knowing it was that long ago! The Righteous One
  • Score: 2

10:06pm Tue 6 May 14

mr.mark.c says...

The Righteous One wrote:
Still makes me feel old knowing it was that long ago!
Facts
1: you/we are getting old
2: you probably went skating at the Nevada and fell down the stairs to the cafe.
3: you remember the budgies in the arndale
4: you remember the old fountains when they worked properly
5: it was tuppence on a Bus when you was little, maybe 10p when in high school ;)
6: most people under about 45 wont have a clue about the above.
[quote][p][bold]The Righteous One[/bold] wrote: Still makes me feel old knowing it was that long ago![/p][/quote]Facts 1: you/we are getting old 2: you probably went skating at the Nevada and fell down the stairs to the cafe. 3: you remember the budgies in the arndale 4: you remember the old fountains when they worked properly 5: it was tuppence on a Bus when you was little, maybe 10p when in high school ;) 6: most people under about 45 wont have a clue about the above. mr.mark.c
  • Score: 4

9:44pm Thu 8 May 14

Greasy Chip Butty says...

mr.mark.c wrote:
The Righteous One wrote:
Still makes me feel old knowing it was that long ago!
Facts
1: you/we are getting old
2: you probably went skating at the Nevada and fell down the stairs to the cafe.
3: you remember the budgies in the arndale
4: you remember the old fountains when they worked properly
5: it was tuppence on a Bus when you was little, maybe 10p when in high school ;)
6: most people under about 45 wont have a clue about the above.
Love it.
I reckon its money well spent....
[quote][p][bold]mr.mark.c[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Righteous One[/bold] wrote: Still makes me feel old knowing it was that long ago![/p][/quote]Facts 1: you/we are getting old 2: you probably went skating at the Nevada and fell down the stairs to the cafe. 3: you remember the budgies in the arndale 4: you remember the old fountains when they worked properly 5: it was tuppence on a Bus when you was little, maybe 10p when in high school ;) 6: most people under about 45 wont have a clue about the above.[/p][/quote]Love it. I reckon its money well spent.... Greasy Chip Butty
  • Score: 0

1:08pm Fri 9 May 14

cliff4treasurer says...

"the council now look to appoint an architect to deliver its vision"

Oh god,please, not the old "vision" boll**ks!
"the council now look to appoint an architect to deliver its vision" Oh god,please, not the old "vision" boll**ks! cliff4treasurer
  • Score: 0

4:25pm Fri 9 May 14

LordLeverhulme says...

As long as they do a good job like they did with the market*
.
(* sarcasm)
As long as they do a good job like they did with the market* . (* sarcasm) LordLeverhulme
  • Score: 0

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