Town hall plans go on show

Kirkintilloch Town Hall
Kirkintilloch Town Hall

Lets for functions, including weddings, are set to play an important part in Kirkintilloch’s revamped Edwardian town hall.

Plans for the project are on show this month in Kirkintilloch Community Hub (Until August 27), and will also be on display at Kirkintilloch Canal Festival.

And local residents can offer their comments and suggestions on a scheme which aims to improve community facilities while “breathing new life into one of East Dunbartonshire’s most iconic buildings.”

It will also seek to develop a market for functions in a bid to offset costs, which in turn raises the question of drink licences.

It’s understood functions will acquire event-specific (“occasional”) licences, and that there are no plans to install a bar. With a projected 300-seat capacity the redevelopment brief, which is subject to planning permission, will aim to fill what many see as a need for a modern, multi-use functions venue in the area. An extension is also being considered.

If the plan is approved work will start early in 2016, but restoration and replacement work on the building’s stonework begins next month.

Main elements of the estimated £4.9 million project include a new entrance, reception and vestibule, ground floor event space, a first floor heritage display, new office and community space, a kitchen, toilets, locker room and store room.

Since the start of the year the council has worked on the design with hub West Scotland, contractors, and EDLC Trust.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said the aim isn’t to restore the Edwardian building to its full original state but to “completely transform” the interior to give it “a new feel fit fror the 21st century.”