Finchingfield Guildhall: Major restoration work set to start on historic grade-I listed building

RESTORATION work to bring back to life an historically significant building in the heart of Finchingfield will soon be underway after the charity driving the initiative selected a contractor.

Since 2006 the Guildhall has been the focus of a major renovation and refurbishment project to return it to its former glory and turn it into a hub for the local community.

The volunteer-run Finchingfield Guildhall Trust has chosen Fairhurst Ward Abbots (FWA) to carry out the work.

It follows five years of obtaining over �1 million in grants to fund the scheme.

Trustee Jackie Bargman said: “FWA’s tender was certainly competitive but it was the level of care in its preparation and enthusiasm for the project that shone through.”

Conservation director at FWA, Chris Maryon, said: “We are delighted to be awarded this most interesting and challenging project, which sits perfectly with our experience, capability and resource and are honoured to be given the opportunity of joining a dedicated team, representing the Trust.

“We look forward to restoring one of our nation’s treasures over the coming months.”

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Site preparations started this week and building works will commence in early January. The restoration is scheduled to take 66 weeks with a completion date set in April 2013.

Once completed, the Guildhall will boast a large multi-function room, library and museum.

Sir Roger Singleton, patron of the campaign to raise money for the internal renovation of the Guildhall, said: ‘This is the culmination of all the hard work put in by the trustees and project team, and has been several years in the making.