Refurbishment of Worthing Town Hall approved

Plans for the refurbishment of Worthing Town Hall have been given the go-ahead by the borough council.

Worthing Town Hall interior
Worthing Town Hall interior

Work on the Grade II listed 1930s building was given the nod during a meeting of the planning committee.

It will include the removal and replacement of the front desk, removal of the raised platforms in the Gordon Room, removal of some non-original walls and partitions, new carpets, lighting and replacement ceilings where necessary, internal fitting for the kitchens and shower rooms, and a combination of secondary glazing and replacement windows.

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James Appleton, head of planning, told the meeting: “Generally, the alterations do not affect the historic layout of the town hall – and care has been taken to ensure that is the case – and key architectural features are enhanced as part of the works.”

The aim of the work is to improve the building’s thermal performance – how well it retains heat – while making more efficient use of space so that staff moving from nearby Portland House can be accommodated.

A council spokesman said an overall budget of £1.5m had been approved in December, though there will be extra IT costs.

They added: “This investment will enable our NHS partners to share our accommodation in Portland House.

“This will generate an annual saving of £364,000, paying back the investment in under six years.”