This is what inside of Diss Corn Hall now looks like

The stripped back interiour of Diss Corn Hall CREDIT LUCY KAYNE

The stripped back interiour of Diss Corn Hall CREDIT LUCY KAYNE - Credit: Archant

A major project to restore and improve Diss Corn Hall will see construction contractors take over the site in mid-January to carry out the work.

Pentaco Construction has been awarded the contract, costing almost £1.6m, to restore and upgrade the building.

The work by the Norwich-based company will see the addition of a two story expansion at the rear to provide a box office, foyer, bar, gallery and exhibition areas.

It will take a year to complete and means the Corn Hall will not open as had been hoped next autumn.

As part of £3m Diss Heritage Triangle project, the Corn Hall has been closed since the summer and its furnishings and equipment have been stripped out ahead of the work and the majority of asbestos present removed.

The contract to Pentaco Construction, which was involved in the £1.5m restoration of King's Lynn Town Hall, was awarded by Diss Town Council as part of the project, which has been largely funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and town, district and county councils.

Julian Mason, town councillor and mayor of Diss said: 'The town council is delighted to have awarded the contract and is looking forward to seeing construction work starting on site in the new year.

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'We are pleased to be working with Pentaco to deliver this significant scheme for the town.'

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