Diss Corn Hall restoration work sees digger move in

The work progressing at Diss Corn HallPicture: Lucy Kayne

The work progressing at Diss Corn HallPicture: Lucy Kayne - Credit: Archant

Demolition work on a section of a landmark building in Diss is progressing well as part of an ambitious £1.6m improvement project.

As this picture by Lucy Kayne shows a digger has been used to demolish Diss Corn Hall's 1970s extension and the initial work of the restoration and improvement scheme inside of the main 162-year-old building is on track.

Work on the restoration project started in January when the Corn Hall handed over keys to Norwich-based contractor Pentaco.

David Case, chairman of the Diss Corn Hall Trust, said: 'The demolition work seems to be on schedule and no unexpected problems have turned up; fingers crossed it will stay that way.

'When this initial work is done we will be much clearer about the structural state of the hall, but we have budgeted for the most likely eventualities.

'What has been revealed are the marvellous rooms in the hall.

'The main hall's ceiling has been removed so that light streams from above as it did when it was a Corn Exchange, and both the Waveney Room and Council Chamber are shown to be large elegant rooms, ideal for more intimate performances and for activities generally.'

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Mr Case said the hall's toilets, which were installed in 2010, will remain and there will be no 'intervention' into the original building apart from putting in two new doors from the council chamber to the new extension on the first floor.

The Corn Hall is due to open in early 2017 with comedian Lee Hurst already booked to appear.

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