Green light for roof repairs for £8 million facelift of King George’s Hall in Blackburn

Roof repairs needed as the first phase of an £8 million facelift for Blackburn’s King George’s Hall will be given the green light by councillors.

Blackburn, along with Darwen Council’s planning committee, has been recommended to approve work on the Grade II listed building, which is East Lancashire’s premier entertainment venue. It will be a major step forward for the full renovation proposals for the hall in the city center’s Northgate.

The money comes from a £20 million Leveling Up grant to Blackburn with the government’s Darwen Council. The proposal consists of repairing and replacing pitched and flat roofs, skylights, roof access system and rainwater facilities.

A report from city planning manager Gavin Prescott on Thursday said: “The proposed developments relate to a program of work relating to the first phase of a program of repairs and renovations at King George’s Hall, which are intended to return the building to its old state. grandeur it had when it first opened in 1921.


“The application site is a three-storey Grade II listed building situated on the corner of the junction of Northgate and Blakey Moor, in the heart of Northgate Conservation Area and Blackburn Town Centre. The proposed works include the repair of the pitched and flat roof of King George’s Hall.

“The skylights located in the flat roof need to be repaired and replaced, while the drainage goods are restored to their original condition. To prevent the hall from falling further into disrepair, the work must be carried out urgently.

“The roofs require urgent replacement to address the continued widespread ingress of water into the building. There are 15 hall roofs, many of which are in very poor condition.