A date has been set for the grand re-opening of the Wolverhampton Civic Hall - but you've still got another two years to wait

The Grade II listed building first closed back December 2015 for extensive asbestos removal and was expected to reopen last year.

However, due to the "mammoth magnitude of issues" the opening has been delayed by five years to autumn 2021.

This month, the work on the multi-million pound transformation is set to get the thumbs up at the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Resources Panel next week (March 5)

Wolverhampton Civic Hall
 

The project involves a complete overhaul essential structural, engineering and electrical works and the major restoration and improvements of the halls

Costing a whopping £38.1 million the plans include the creation of a larger stage, more seating, bigger bars and improved access for disabled customers.

It is believed the programme will support 548 jobs.

The key changes include:

  • A second balcony for the Civic Hall which will provide additional seating
  • An extended stage to the rear
  • Wider and more comfortable seats
  • Bigger bars and more space to socialise
  • Wulfrun Hall is getting a balcony to provide additional seating
  • Expanded and revamped toilet facilities
  • Lift access to new balconies
  • More accessible arrangements for disabled visitors including enhanced wheelchair access
  • A new air conditioning system

Wolverhampton Civic Hall
 

Councillor John Reynolds, cabinet member for City Economy, said: "The Civic Halls are a very special place.

"Generations of Wulfrunians and music and comedy fans from across the UK have shared unforgettable memories here with international stars and the biggest bands.

"We'll be creating a world class venue for bigger audiences which is exactly what promoters are looking for.

"The Civic Halls are a critical part of how we are re-imagining and re-inventing our city centre, along with great connectivity, great public spaces, great new homes, a great leisure and sporting offer, vibrant events, outstanding arts and culture, and a thriving commercial district.

"It forms part of the groundswell of regeneration activity across the city, where £3.7 billion of investment is on site or in the pipeline."

When completed, both venues will be able to cater for around 4,600 people standing and 3,130 people seated in total, an increase of almost 500 and 450 respectively.

 

Audience figures are also expected to increase by at least 10,000 per year over the opening three years, up to around 180,000.