Work is underway to breathe new life into one of East Dunbartonshire’s most iconic buildings.
Construction has started on the £5.5m project to transform Kirkintilloch Town Hall into a modern centre for heritage, arts, culture and community use.
Union Street will close until October 2017 while the work is carried out.
According to East Dunbartonshire Council, the new-look town hall will be functional, flexible and fit for the 21st century.
Temporary site accommodation has been erected on Regent Gardens and the team has started work to the rear of the town hall, including retaining walls and the small car park.
The plan is for site accommodation to be relocated to the rear next month.
Work will also begin inside the town hall soon, says the council, in preparation for a full refurbishment and transformation.
Scaffolding has been erected at the front of the building, where it will remain for the duration of the project, allowing repairs to take place.
The council wants to remind local people that businesses are open as usual.
East Dunbartonshire Council Leader Rhondda Geekie said: “This major investment in Kirkintilloch town centre and one of its most recognisable buildings has been long sought-after and I am delighted that work is now underway.
“It has been a long road, involving a huge amount of hard work. We have liaised with a variety of partners in the community, in both public and private sectors, to secure funding support.
“The aim is not to restore the inside of the town hall as it exactly was before. Times have changed and the interior will be radically different and able to accommodate a variety of uses.
“There is a huge amount of investment currently taking place in Kirkintilloch. All of it is aimed at transforming the town centre and helping to ensure it not only survives, but thrives.
“I would like to pay tribute to all the local businesses, residents and organisations for bearing with us while work is carried out.
“All of the projects are being kept under review and any proposed changes will be communicated locally.”
The Council has been working with development partner hub West Scotland, contractors and East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture (EDLC) Trust to develop the town hall design.
Plans include: ground-floor event space, new entrance, reception and vestibule, first-floor heritage display, reflecting Kirkintilloch’s rich history, a new office and community space, kitchen, store room, toilets and locker room.