The Regal Centre
The Regal centre was built in 1934 as a cinema, and the Council acquired it in 1975 and developed it into a community centre. The building has been closed since late 2017 due to the need for serious remedial works which include both the fire detection and heating systems.
The Council recognises the strong interest in retaining a large community facility in the heart of the town and has been looking at options for either renovating or replacing the building.
Based on the feedback from an initial study in 2018, Council is working to replace the building on the current site. The aims are;
- To provide a large, multi-purpose hall for public hire – suitable for a range of events
- To provide a number of smaller meeting rooms for hire
- Move the council offices in to the building and make them more accessible to the public
- Transform the Goldsmith’s Lane – St Martin’s Street connection into an attractive part of the town that supports vibrant and exciting community activities
These pages will be updated regularly as the project progresses, so do have a look every now then.
In November 2019, a consultation on the concept plans was held in the Town Hall. The purpose of these briefings was to confirm with the public if the general layout of the building meets expectations and requirements in terms of the types of activities people would like to see take place in the building.
Detailed design information (i.e. position of windows, lighting, sustainable energy use) will follow once the idea is updated based on public feedback.
You can submit further comments on the concept design to Cllr Lee Upcraft, chair of the Regal Working Party by email – and Council will try to take these on board as the detailed design is developed up to the end of 2019.