A contractor has been appointed to complete the first phase of works on the multi-million pound redevelopment of Lynn’s town hall, council officials have announced.
Pentaco Construction Ltd, who are based in Norwich, began work yesterday on the project to re-model and extend the building in order to create a new Stories of Lynn exhibition space, which is due to open next year.
A West Norfolk Council spokesman said: “The first phase of work will focus upon the creation of the new archive document store, collections resource area, enhancement of the existing exhibition spaces and the construction of a new lift and stair extension to the rear of the complex.”
The authority says the work is expected to be completed by late autumn.
A contractor will then be appointed to fit out the exhibition space, which is due to be opened to visitors at Easter next year.
Around £2.65 million is being spent on the project with the bulk of the investment, £1.85 million, coming from a Heritage Lottery Fund grant.
The borough council is also investing £800,000 in the scheme, which has been developed in partnership with the Norfolk Records Office and the county’s Museums Service.
The project is designed to reveal more of the stories of the seafarers, explorers, merchants, mayors, magistrates and miscreants who have helped to shape Lynn over the centuries.