Historic Brigg building set to be given a lift to increase community use
Brigg Buttercross - one of North Lincolnshire's best-known listed buildings - is being brought into the 21st century in an effort to generate more revenue.
The Market Place landmark, which is almost 200 years old, is earmarked to receive a lift and other improvements, including updated toilets.
The Buttercross forms part of Brigg Conservation Area and is topped by a splendid clock tower.
The building - once Brigg's Town Hall - is now owned and operated by North Lincolnshire Council.
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It has the award-winning Tourist Information Centre at street level.
However, the upstairs part of the building - with its lavish glass chandeliers - is not booked for as many functions as it might be, given its central position and attractiveness.
North Lincolnshire Council says: "Due to continuing rationalisation of the council's building stock, the letting potential of the large first floor meeting room has always been limited due to lack of a suitable lift giving access for the disabled.
"Installation of a platform lift with decicated access, together with toilet improvements, will increase the commercial appeal in letting terms."
The council also intends to raise the pavement to give "level access" to the existing side door.
The planning application suggests that "no alteration will be discerned" from the outside of the building after installation of the lift.