UPS AND DOWNS AT THE GUILDHALL
Published: 22 June 2010
Photograph (L to R): Richard Harris of architects Brownhill Hayward Brown, Nina Dawes, Chief Executive of Lichfield District Council, Councillor Christopher Spruce, Mayor of Lichfield, Councillor David Smedley, Leader, Lichfield City Council, Andrew Hayward of architects Brownhill Hayward Brown, Dave Pearson of contractor Sandy & Co.
Major improvement works at the historic Guildhall came to an end this
week with the opening of a new much larger lift. This was the major
element in a scheme of works to improve accessibility throughout the
The lift project has been undertaken by the City Council, but was only
made possible through the co-operation of the District Council which
made available some extra land at the rear of the Guildhall. This
allowed for the construction of an external lift shaft with a larger
lift car that now serves all floors of the building, including the
Ashmole Room which was previously only accessible by stairs.
In declaring the new lift open for use the Mayor, Councillor Christopher
Spruce paid tribute to the team who had worked so hard on the project
over recent months; including his fellow councillors and officers,
achitects Brownhill Hayward Brown; and the construction team from Sandy
He said "Many problems had to be overcome during the construction
process and continual good communication between all parties was vital in ensuring that progress was maintained. The City Council is proud to unveil this much needed addition to the building which has greatly
improved the facilities at the Guildhall."