Bolton Council and ISG will be holding an open day to meet businesses interested in working on the redevelopment and refurbishment of Bolton Town Hall.
The open day will be held on Thursday, December 13 in the Lancaster Suite in the town hall from 8am to noon.
The council and ISG are looking for high quality local and regional businesses across all areas of the building and decorating trades, who would like to be involved in working on the redevelopment and refurbishment of Bolton town hall and also on other projects across the region.
ISG is planning to procure up to 70 per cent of the materials, and workforce required to deliver the project locally, either directly or via sub-contractors.
ISG has also committed to employing a number of apprentices, both on this project and potentially on other projects across the town, in partnership with Bolton Council and Bolton College. Staff from the college and the council will be available to talk about these opportunities also on the day.
The redevelopment of the town hall is part of a rationalisation programme, which aims to move more council staff into the building, saving the council £1m a year, as well as enabling the council to dispose of other buildings and save a further £10m.
The refurbishment involves creating large open-plan office spaces and doubling the number of staff able to work in the building. It also involves improving the working environment and upgrading infrastructure.
Extra space and better facilities in the town hall will mean the council will not need to use as many separate office buildings. It will also aim to improve the range of services that will be offered at the One Stop Shop. The refurbishment of the town hall will also protect Bolton’s key civic building for years to come.
Councillor Cliff Morris, Leader of Bolton Council said: “We are pleased to be working with ISG to support and invest in the local economy. The redevelopment of the Town Hall will provide work for local businesses, as well as jobs for local people, including some apprenticeships which will provide young people with skills and training for the future.”
ISG’s Jim Parker, managing director – North West, added: “This region has a strong base of construction specialists and we are looking forward to forging close links with high quality trade contractors at the open day. Another important element for our business is looking to the wider future of the construction industry and enriching the local communities where we work.
“Alongside the council and Bolton College, ISG will be providing a number of apprenticeship opportunities for individuals seeking a career in construction.”
During the refurbishment the One Stop Shop, Access Bolton, and the Albert Halls will remain open. All other town hall staff, including the Chief Executive, will be temporarily moved to other council-owned buildings.