Harrogate Convention Centre in need of £47m for survival

 Tuesday, August 25, 2020 


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Harrogate Convention Centre that was used as a Nightingale hospital, is in need of £47m for survival. The huge renovation work needs financial support. The council also mentioned that, the renovation project plan was approved and is now waiting for initiation of the fund.

Under the present uncertain condition the 40-year-old Harrogate Convention Centre identified to support as a temporary hospital, is now in need for fund and renovation in order to offer better help to the society. According to the report, this venue is to be upgraded so as to maintain its charm and national appeal.  

Centre director Paula Lorimer said the work would revive the charm of the site. However, there are chances that the historic site would not survive without any investment and renovation work. Harrogate Borough Council has focussed on discussing on the investment of £1m for works like design and renovation project that has experienced a set back or financial problem while it was used as an NHS Nightingale hospital.

The NHS however did not pay any rent to the convention centre or the council. And now the renovation plan includes rebuilding of three exhibition halls by demolishing and erecting a new 5,000 sq m hall as well as a refurbished auditorium. Ms Lorimer further added that, her expectation is to reposition the venue as one of the top and finest destinations for conference and exhibition centre in UK. And now the council need an amount of £20m to complete the first phase of reconstruction, followed by a 2nd development phase that has to be done later.

And if this remains unattended it is expected that the maintenance cost costs over 20 years and it could be £19m. The council is also discussing with the NHS that for how long they have decided to use the centre as temporary hospital, stated the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

Pat Marsh, leader of the council’s Liberal Democrats, opined that to grow business by attracting events or exhibitions the centre should be improved and equipped with 21st Century standards.

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