Cash to be spent on Guildhall repair work

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HUNDREDS of thousands of pounds is to be spent on Portsmouth’s Guildhall.

Portsmouth City Council will splash out £400,000 on repairs and maintenance to the city centre building, to be completed by April 2012.

Projects include replacing windows, some with safety glass and some with double glazing, which will cost £22,000.

Toilets will also be refurbished, the front of the building will be repaired and cleaned, and electrical systems replaced, at a combined cost of £177,000.

And the main steps leading to the building’s front entrance are to be repaired and repointed, at a cost of £15,000.

The work has been approved following April’s appointment of a charitable trust, which will run the Guildhall for 25 years. Long-term plans include opening the main entrance, and installing art and performance spaces for daytime use.

Cllr Mike Hancock said: ‘These are necessary repairs and improvements. It’s an old building and needs attention.’