Hobson & Porter has landed the contract. Credit: ERYC

Treasure House overhaul kicks off in Beverley

East Riding Council is leading on the facility’s £3.3m redevelopment, which will include an enhanced library and customer service centre.

To be known from now as the Champney Treasure House, the scheme also includes a new location for the reference library, while the council’s registration services will relocate from Walkergate House.

Local contractor Hobson & Porter will deliver the project, which will also include a new Changing Places facility. Champney Gardens will also be landscaped as part of the project.

To enable the works, the whole of the Treasure House will be closed for approximately a year as of 23 September. East Riding said the work will mostly be funded by the sale of Walkergate House and its Cross Street building.

Temporary arrangements will be put in place, among them library services being relocated into County Hall across Champney Road. Tourist information will move to the customer service centre at Cross Street.

The art gallery and museum will be closed, but will take the opportunity to reorganise, run special projects and work in partnership with other facilities, also lining up special exhibitions for the reopening in 2025.

Cllr Nick Coultish, portfolio holder for culture, leisure and tourism, said: “The Champney Treasure House scheme is aimed at improving the library in Beverley and creating a new cultural hub for the town, whilst also rationalising our assets and getting better value for money for our residents.

“We apologise to our regular customers for the inconvenience caused by this closure period, but we have worked hard to ensure the best possible arrangements for our library customers and TIC users whilst the Treasure House is shut. I can assure all those who use the Treasure House that the wait will be worth it, with superb new facilities.”

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