Historic Weymouth town hall gets a makeover

11 May 2015

Weymouth’s Old Town Hall has undergone a renovation courtesy of McCarthy and Stone, which is building in the area.

The UK’s leading retirement housebuilder funded a makeover of the Grade II listed building, which it is now using as a sales office for its Harbour Lights Court development, which is currently under construction.  

Selwyn Williams, Director and Guardian of the Old Town Hall, said: “The building needed a lot of work. It has had a major re-fit with the installation of a disabled toilet on the lower vestibule with new floor, new ceiling, plumbing, and electrics.

“We have also refurbished the Lower Hall by boxing in the service pipes and gas meter, painting the walls and ceilings, and refurbishing and staining the floor. It has also had a bit of a facelift with all new curtains, Candelabra lights, and an antique mirror which hangs over the feature fireplace.

“The work by McCarthy and Stone has moved the restoration of the Old Town Hall on immensely. They used their on-site sub-contractors to do the work, and with minimal disruption which we were really grateful for. It now means we can hire out the Lower Hall as a finished venue in its own right, and we can cater downstairs for those in community who require the use of an accessible toilet.”

The Town Hall was visited earlier this month by The Worshipful Mayor of Weymouth and Portland, Councillor Kate Wheller.  She said “I am very impressed by the community spirit shown by McCarthy and Stone not only in hiring the Old Town Hall, but in the changes and improvements they have made to the building. There is a lot of history behind the building and it has been a landmark in Weymouth for many years. It’s great to see its facilities being opened up to the wider community, and I hope it encourages many more visitors over the coming months.”

The Old Town Hall also holds personal memories for The Worshipful Mayor, having been a Girl Guide there in her youth and where she went on to meet her Husband.  
McCarthy and Stone is using the Old Town Hall as a sales office for its development, Harbour Lights Court, which allows the over 60s to enjoy independence in an environment that offers companionship, privacy and security.

 Jacqui Meenan, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for McCarthy & Stone, explains: “At McCarthy & Stone we are committed to helping older people stay independent for longer. Retirement Living offers the independence of retaining home ownership, while living in a secure, low maintenance and energy efficient apartment. What’s more, with the maintenance of all external and communal areas taken care of, homeowners can spend more time enjoying their retirement with family and friends.

Following early demand a third of apartments at Harbour Lights Court on North Quay were reserved in just two weeks. Starting from £199,950, the 43 one and two bedroom Retirement Living apartments boast a modern design, including fully fitted bathrooms and kitchens with integrated units, satellite television connectivity and high tech security systems as standard.

Facilities at Harbour Lights Court include a homeowners’ lounge ideal for socialising with friends, internal courtyard in which to relax and a convenient guest suite should homeowners have friends or relatives to stay. The development also benefits from its very own House Manager, who will ensure the smooth running of the development, a security entrance system, plus 24-hour emergency call points for added peace of mind for both homeowners and their families.

What’s more, Harbour Lights Court benefits from a fantastic location, being positioned within easy reach of a host of local amenities including a bank, post office, supermarket and local museum, as well as enjoying excellent transport links through the nearby train station and bus stop.

Anyone interested in Retirement Living at Harbour Lights Court for themselves or a loved one is invited to call 01425 322114 or visit http://www.mccarthyandstone.co.uk/


For further information, please contact Corinna Henson at McCann PR on 0121 713 3621 or email Corinna.Henson@mccann.com .