Caerphilly County Borough Council has reported that a £750,000 revamp of the Blackwood Miners’ Institute is progressing well.
The council’s cabinet agreed the revamp back in June and since then work has been underway to transform the much-loved arts venue.
Cllr Phil Bevan, cabinet member for education, leisure and lifelong learning said: “It’s great to see that works are progressing on the revamp at Blackwood Miners’ Institute – the ‘Stute is very much a beacon for first class live music, theatre, arts and other community facilities in Caerphilly county borough.
“These works will help ensure that the building is fit for purpose for future generations to come and I am really looking forward to seeing the results of the works over the coming months.”
The revamp is being carried out into three phases – with the venue remaining open.
- Phase 1 – Making the building weather-tight including a complete roof replacement. Cleaning and re-pointing the main façade and demolition of the Lesser Hall to improve vehicle access at the rear of the building.
- Phase 2 – Replace the seating in the main auditorium and redecorate the reception and theatre
- Phase 3 – Replace fire doors and repair defective flooring. Provide showering facilities and improve changing rooms.