Ambitious plans for town hall are revealed

Detailed plans outlining the future of an iconic town centre building were put on public display for the first time last week.

Residents were given their first glimpse of plans for Kirkintilloch Town Hall at an event organised by East Dunbartonshire Council and East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust – who are working together to bring the much-loved historic property back into use.

It was held at the nearby Wheel Nuts Unit, at 4a Catherine Street, Kirkintilloch, last Thursday and Saturday, with another event planned for Saturday, December 13, from 2-5pm.

The new town hall will retain and improve the iconic façade, but inside will be radically different – fit for the 21st century and a number of purposes.

The interior will include a ground-floor event space, a kitchen, a store room, toilets and a locker room.

There will also be a new entrance, reception, vestibule and offices.

And the first floor will house a heritage display, community space and seating.

The total cost of the project is an estimated £4.75m, with all of the funding coming from external grants or capital funding.

Work is expected to start in spring/summer 2015 and should be completed by autumn 2016.

Scott Hill, chair of East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust, said: “The Council and Trust have been working in partnership to develop plans for the town hall and to maximise the outcomes for heritage, community and people in Kirkintilloch.

“I am pleased that we are moving ahead. The proposals for the town hall look to the future – with modern, flexible facilities - while honouring the past.”