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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 27th October, 2023)

A-maze-ing


A-maze-ing
Amazing amount of scaffolding totally covering Haigh Hall.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-HX99)
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Comment by: Mortarmillbill on 27th October 2023 at 07:02

It looks like it is being demolished brick by brick and then rebuilt.

Comment by: Veronica on 27th October 2023 at 08:28

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.

Comment by: Poet on 27th October 2023 at 09:17

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 .

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 27th October 2023 at 10:10

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 !

Comment by: Meg on 27th October 2023 at 10:33

Do they have to drill into the stonework to hold the scaffolding or is it free standing?

Comment by: PeterP on 27th October 2023 at 11:12

Where are all the (shirkers )workers?

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 27th October 2023 at 11:30

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.

Comment by: Alan on 27th October 2023 at 12:04

Some artwork in that scaffolding. Veronica, buy the Wigan Observer
Then you'll know.

Comment by: Garry on 27th October 2023 at 12:10

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.

Comment by: Axcroft on 27th October 2023 at 12:14

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

Comment by: T on 27th October 2023 at 13:41

What is it going to be used for when done? A lot of money to be sinking into it

Comment by: burtspieeater on 27th October 2023 at 16:18

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.

Comment by: peebee on 27th October 2023 at 16:52

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. :(

Comment by: Alan on 27th October 2023 at 22:12

Peewee fred is on YouTube.

Comment by: Lolly on 27th October 2023 at 22:30

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 .

Comment by: Pru on 28th October 2023 at 01:08

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.

Comment by: Veronica on 28th October 2023 at 09:28

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.

Comment by: Veronica on 28th October 2023 at 10:02

I should have said the Hall is the property of Wigan …not the Council.

Comment by: Pru on 28th October 2023 at 10:52

Veronica, information about the funding is readily available via the press and the Council website.

Comment by: John Noakes on 30th October 2023 at 21:30

Veronica, the Hall is the property of the UK Government.

Comment by: Veronica on 1st November 2023 at 08:05

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.

Comment by: John Noakes on 1st November 2023 at 21:06

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

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