Significant changes can now be seen as contractors Willmott Dixon enter the closing months of the complex construction programme on the 84-year-old, Grade II-listed building before handing over the improved venue to world-leading operator and concert promoter, AEG Presents, later this year.
AEG Presents will then commence the internal fit out to the front of house bars, kitchen and sound and lights systems, as they prepare to open the halls to the public.
Major supporting steel works and new toilet areas across three levels have been completed in the Civic and Wulfrun Halls, with flooring, wall finishes, the installation of doors and advanced mechanical and electrical works underway in many parts of the building.
The new spectator balconies in both halls and many of the ceilings are now also in place.
Works to improve the environment on the streets outside the Civic Halls are on course to be completed by contractors Eurovia in autumn 2022, and will create quality space for the public, enhancing the experience for visitors to the venue when it reopens.
Councillor Stephen Simkins, City of Wolverhampton Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for City Economy, said:
“The council has demonstrated bold and ambitious thinking to take this very challenging project on and because of our efforts we have landed a 25-year lease with a world-class operator in AEG Presents.
“After overcoming the difficulties of the Covid-19 pandemic, works are progressing at pace now as we look forward to handing over the reins to AEG Presents in the coming months.
“Their passion for the iconic halls and ambition for the future matches our own and this partnership will not only deliver an outstanding venue with top-class entertainment for generations to come – it will be a keystone of our wider plans to reimagine the city centre, to create local jobs and grow vital local businesses.”
The completion of works inside the halls will see the height above the stage to the rear of the Civic Hall increased to attract bigger and better shows.
Overall, visitors will enjoy more comfortable seats, more bars and more space to socialise, expanded and revamped toilet facilities, lift access to new balconies, better access arrangements for disabled visitors (including enhanced wheelchair access), a greater number of accessible viewing points and improved room temperatures through the installation of a new air conditioning system.