Steel Milestone at Willmott Dixon’s Wolves Civic Transformation
Willmott Dixon Interiors project to restore the famous Wolverhampton Civic Halls celebrated a major milestone with the first new steel beams being
installed to improve the 82-year-old venue’s infrastructure and create new spectator balconies. Willmott Dixon’s interiors specialists have set up a mobile crane inside the historic Grade II-listed halls to manoeuvre the heavy steels into place, while working in line with the Government’s Covid-19 health and safety guidelines.
The improvements being delivered by Willmott Dixon will ensure the halls remain a top-class entertainment venue for audiences for generations to come, generating millions of pounds a year and creating hundreds of jobs in the local economy. It follows similar work the company is doing on heritage property across the UK, including Plymouth with The Box, Bristol with the Bristol Beacon, Stockton with the Globe and Waltham Forest with the EMD Cinema restoration.
Essential structural, engineering and electrical works are part of the works programme and visitors are set to benefit from the introduction of a second balcony for the Civic Hall and a balcony in the Wulfrun Hall to provide additional seating.
Overall, there will be wider and more comfortable seats, bigger and better bars and more space to socialise, expanded and revamped toilet facilities to give visitors an improved experience, lift access to new balconies, better access arrangements for disabled visitors (including enhanced wheelchair access), a greater number of accessible viewing points, and improved room temperatures through the installation of a new air conditioning system.