Update on museum building works - 7 October 2020

We’re pleased to confirm that work to remove the balconies on the museum building on Church Street will commence during October.

At the advice of structural engineers, the council has kept scaffolding in place beneath the balconies in order to protect the public. It was necessary to maintain the scaffolding until we could secure ownership of all the residential properties above the museum. This has now completed so we are in a position to carry out this work.

Lead Member for Place, Councillor Steve Sims said “We know there has been some public interest in the scheduling of these works and the removal of scaffolding from the site, so it’s really good to be able to confirm that the removal of the balconies is imminent. Thank you to the council staff who have worked hard to make this happen, and to the former residents of the property for their patience and cooperation.”

The removal of the balconies is expected to take around 2 weeks. For safety reasons, there may be some disruption to pedestrian access around the building and we thank you in advance for your cooperation.

We are continuing to work with the Museum Association and other partners to seek a long term solution for the provision of a museum on St Mary’s.

Publishing date: 
Wednesday, 7 October, 2020