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Wolverhampton's Grade II listed Civic Halls venue is being given a £14.4million refurbishment.
Capacity in both the Civic Hall and Wulfrun Hall will increase and hospitality areas will be improved. It’s expected that the work will be completed by October 2018.
Commenting on the refurb, Councillor John Reynolds, City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: “This is an exciting time in the project, when we will begin to see real changes to the Civic Halls. The halls have been around since 1938 and are an important part of our visitor economy, providing jobs and generating millions of pounds every year by staging nationally acclaimed shows. As part of our regeneration plans for the city, we recognised the building is in need of refurbishment, as well as improvement, to ensure it remains a thriving venue to be proud of.
“The increased capacity of the Civic Halls will make them a more attractive place in the entertainment market, enabling them to attract significantly more popular and prestigious acts, while retaining the current characteristics that make them popular with performers, producers and audiences.
“The importance of their contribution to the visitor economy was highlighted by Wolverhampton last year making the top 10 in a major survey of the best live music scenes in the UK.”
Civic Hall new look interior showcasing the new upper level balcony
Civic Hall new look exterior showcasing the new glass covered bar area above the main entrance
Wulfrun Hall new look interior showcasing the new balcony