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Town centre training venue moves a step closer

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Plans to create a new training centre in the former Dudley Museum building are moving a step closer as part of an ambitious project to regenerate the Town Hall and former museum site.

Plans to create a new training centre in the former Dudley Museum building are moving a step closer as part of an ambitious project to regenerate the Town Hall and former museum site.

The former museum which moved from the old Victorian building to the new archives centre in 2018, is set to become a training centre for council and other staff. Delegates will benefit from the town centre location and will be able to use the new catering facilities set to be introduced at the Town Hall as part of the wider plans.

The Town Hall is an increasingly popular venue but it is not able to provide a sufficient food and drink offer. The new proposals will allow users of the hall to spend an entire evening there should they wish, taking in a pre-show meal, performance and leisurely interval or post-show drinks, contributing to the town’s night-time economy.

The proposed design of the former museum will also allow the Brooke Robinson collection to return to public display on the ground floor. The remainder of the building being used to accommodate innovative training and office space.

Councillor Ian Kettle, cabinet member for regeneration and enterprise said:

These are exciting proposals which will see this beautiful old building brought up to date and back into use as a training centre.
"I’m really glad that we will be able to put the Brooke Robinsons collection back on display, as recognition of the building’s former use as we look to its future role in the ongoing regeneration of the town centre.”

Regenerating the buildings which are part of the Town’s historic Grade 2 listed complex will cost £1.5million which will be largely funded from disposal of assets no longer required as a result of the work.

The revamped venue will be available to hire by other organisations and businesses and it is anticipated that this, alongside use of the hall’s improved catering facilities will significantly reduce costs and also generate additional income for the council.

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