New dawn for iconic town hall building

6.1.18 Picture Jamie Forbes. Kirkintilloch Town Hall.
6.1.18 Picture Jamie Forbes. Kirkintilloch Town Hall.

The new year marks a new dawn for Kirkintilloch’s iconic town hall.

The B-listed building is expected to open in March after a major multi-million pound restoration, rejuvenation and extension project.

According to East Dunbartonshire Council, it will be a centre for heritage, arts, culture and community use – blending past, present and future.

While work on the exterior is complete, the finishing touches are being done on an industrial heritage display and flexible exhibition/activity space on the first floor of the town hall – celebrating the heritage of Kirkintilloch and its people.

The £5.5m project was funded by the council, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Historic Environment Scotland and the Scottish Government.

A council spokesperson said on Monday the town hall was expected to open to the public in March, with an official opening later in the year.

Lucy Casot, head of the HLF, said: “Residents will be able to take part in a host of community activities in a wonderful historic setting.

“Additionally, locals and visitors to the town will be able to learn more about the rich past of this part of East Dunbartonshire thanks to the new heritage discovery centre.”

The building was identified as a priority in the council’s Kirkintilloch Masterplan and included within it 10-year 
Capital Investment Programme

First opened in July 1906. it closed its doors in 2004 and since then efforts have been ongoing to see it revamped and reopened.