Whitchurch Town Council will spend up to £180,000 on refurbishing the town hall after putting a contract out to tender.

Plans to refurbish the town hall were lodged with Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council in 2019, and were approved in March of this year. Listed Building Consent was also obtained for the work on the Grade II* building.

The contract for the work has now been listed on the government’s ‘Contracts Finder’ service, which lists public contracts available in the UK.

In the tender, Whitchurch Town Council says it “seeks to engage with suitability qualified contractors to undertake the refurbishment of the Grade II* listed Town Hall.”

Works are to include an installation of a lift to the first floor in the building, as well as new glazed screens at the front. The council chamber will be refurbished with new insulation, partition and ventilation, while new facilities such as kitchens and toilets will also be installed.

Work will also take place to draughtproof windows on the first floor, install a new staircase and carry out plumbing and electrical work.

£500 has also been provisionally set aside to place a council logo on the building’s door.

The tender closes on January 22 2021, with the council aiming to make a decision on which contractor they will go with by February 26.