£3.5m refurbishment of Ludlow Assembly Rooms named award winner
The renovation and refurbishment of the flagship Shropshire arts and entertainment venue Ludlow Assembly Rooms has won first place in an awards scheme recognising some of the top property projects in the Midlands.
The work by Pave Aways Building Contractors, delivered on behalf of Shropshire Council, has seen the Ludlow Assembly Rooms top the Fit-out / Refurbishment of the Year category in the West Midlands Property Awards in Birmingham.
The £3.5m contract included reinstating the original Castle Square entrance, redesigning the auditorium, creating a new box office, improvements to accessibility, a visitor information centre and café bar, modernisation of the mechanical and technical equipment and installation of photo voltaic panels to generate electricity.
The work was predominantly funded by Shropshire Council, with grants also received from the European Regional Development Fund, Arts Council England, and Ludlow and District Community Association.
Cecilia Motley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for communities, culture, leisure and tourism, and transport, said:-
“This was a complex project but we are absolutely thrilled with how it has transformed the cultural jewel of south Shropshire into a modern and impressive facility.
“It is fantastic to hear the project has won this award, and we also pay tribute to the impressive work the Pave Aways team carried out. It is a perfect example of how Shropshire Council, the community and private enterprise can work together to improve our facilities countywide.”