ICONIC BUILDING: Gamble Building future
Town Hall bosses are staying tight-lipped on the future of an iconic building in the heart of the borough with future uses of the site currently being drawn up.
As reported in March, the council’s cabinet approved £1.4 million in funding to go towards restoring The Gamble Building and making the building structure secure in order to bring it back into public use.
Central library, which was based in The Gamble Building, closed in March 2017.
The library was moved to The World of Glass site, although this was planned to be a temporary move.
St Helens Borough Council has been asked whether it plans to move the library back to The Gamble Building in the future – and what its vision for the site is.
But, for now, the authority is not releasing firm details on what is in store for the building.
A spokesman said: “The Gamble is a beautiful landmark building that means a lot to the people of the St Helens and in our borough strategy we have made a clear commitment to retaining our historic buildings, safeguarding their future public use as part of our emerging town centre regeneration plans.
“While the specific details of the project and future uses are being drawn up, a tender to undertake essential improvements to the external building fabric has been completed and a contractor selected.
“We can now secure the final technical approvals to enable safe and appropriate commencement of the external works to the building given its listed status.
“We are committed to keeping residents updated on this significant project and as soon as a start date and activity programme is confirmed for the external works, we will communicate regular updates throughout all stages of the project.”
The key site will form part of the council’s transformation plans for the town centre.
The building suffered water damage which made the lower levels unsafe for use.
Words: Aran Dhillon, Local Democracy Reporter
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