REFURBISHMENT is being carried out at a historical building in Newent.

Newent Town Council has been successful in applying for a public work loan board from the government for refurbishment at The Market House.

The work will commence this month to repair the timber frame and replace the inappropriate cement-based infill panels with lime render, providing the Market House with a ‘face-lift’ without altering its recognisable appearance.

Once the refurbishment is finished in June, there will be opportunities to re-open the building to local groups and to hold council-based activities.

The Market House is a grade II listed building which has special architectural and historic interest for Newent.

The building is used as a visitor information centre that is open to the public for various months of the year.  

The work is being carried out with support from Arnold Bartosch Ltd, chartered surveyors and historic building consultants of Cheltenham, and Carrek Ltd, a specialist historic buildings contractor from Bristol.