Photo-a-Day (Friday, 27th October, 2023)
Photo: Dennis Seddon (Sony DSC-HX99)
It looks like it is being demolished brick by brick and then rebuilt.
What on earth are they really doing? That’s not just a ‘pointing’ job…do the council ever let people know what’s afoot with the ‘big house’ in the plantations, is it top secret? Are they cleaning the old stones or what? Spill the beans somebody… do us a favour.
Some job that . Putting the scaffolding up and down would have made a good time lapse film , ending with the 'curtain' finally dropping to reveal the restored Hall .
How much is the scaffolding costing never mind the refurbishment.
Thats what comes of not keeping historic buildings in good order.
Well, what do expect ?WMC has made a name for itself in that department.
Anyone know what this partnership that the council have got themselves into ? I read something about it on the news. More money, they will end up like Kent County Council who are practically bankrupt..anyway Dennis I have got away from your pic.....AMAZING !
Do they have to drill into the stonework to hold the scaffolding or is it free standing?
Where are all the (shirkers )workers?
We can live in hope that the finished product will be restored to its former glory and that its use will be to the benefit of all Wigan folk and not to a select few of interested parties.
Some artwork in that scaffolding. Veronica, buy the Wigan Observer
Then you'll know.
Wigan Council is spending £20 million to restore the listed hall building, Veronica.
Wigan Council has been awarded the money from the government, they call in levelling up.
Veronica, all of the information about the redevelopment is on line. The council has an excellent and informative web page. https://www.wigan.gov.uk/Council/Projects/Haigh-Hall/Haigh-Hall-Masterplan.aspx
What is it going to be used for when done? A lot of money to be sinking into it
I've just read the "Masterplan" and I'm underwhelmed. I'll be very surprised if the "arty" floors are still in use in 5 years time.
Health and safety, good old Fred didn't need all that palaver a few holes bung a piece of wood in and hammer a spike, job done, God bless him, I really miss his programmes. :(
Peewee fred is on YouTube.
Plans for roof top bar, art gallery, and observatory, I believe Chimney pots sent of for repair. I dont think any of the stone has been drilled .
Helen of blinkin Troy, if you still lived here you could have a voice. It's levelling up funding from central government, nothing to do with the Council. Mortarmillbill, it's built of stone, not brick.
The Council own Haigh Hall Pru surely they should let people know what’s going on.
Thanks for the information to all - I haven’t had chance to look yet.
I should have said the Hall is the property of Wigan …not the Council.
Veronica, information about the funding is readily available via the press and the Council website.
Veronica, the Hall is the property of the UK Government.
Oh I see! I’d love to see the deeds John Noakes for proof who really does own it because there’s all sorts of rumours flying about… let’s hope when it’s finished there won’t be any ‘tourists’ making their way through the plants.
Veronica, Haigh Hall was included in the cabinet office's OPE (one public estate) programme, along with many other public buildings and land in Wigan council area. The council was forced, by government, to lease out, or sell, the hall as part of the programme. It was a case of "use it or lose it".
You can read about the programme here - https://www.local.gov.uk/our-support/one-public-estate