THE Maidenhead town hall’s future is to be reviewed by the council as a new ‘corporate building’ is to be considered.

Senior councillors are set to convene at next week’s cabinet meeting to approve plans to investigate the possibility of creating a new corporate building within the borough.

In the report, officers state the Maidenhead town hall, which was built in 1962, has become ‘more costly to maintain’ over the years.

The Royal Borough declared a climate emergency in 2019 and officers say the building cannot meet its climate target as its energy performance is deemed ‘only just acceptable’.

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According to the report, to ‘modernise’ the town hall, it could cost an estimated £13.8 million to refurbish the building.

Last November, the Local Democracy Reporting Service reported rumours the Maidenhead town hall would be subject to a review.

At that time, the leader of the council, councillor Andrew Johnson (Con: Hurley & Walthams), only hinted that plans could be explored ‘significantly’ into the future as part of the regeneration of the town.

He said: “What I will say about the town hall is our office requirements have changed significantly as a result of Covid and I think it’s only right that as part of our response to that we look at literally every asset in the long-term to find out whether it’s currently fit for purpose, whether it needs to be repurposed, or, indeed, whether it can be used for something else.”

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Cllr Johnson was contacted for further comment.

In 2002, plans to demolish and redevelop the town hall was blocked after public outcry from residents who were vehemently against it.

The town hall was used as a hospital in 1967 during the filming of Carry On Doctor starring Barbara Windsor, Sid James and Frankie Howard.