Those visiting the town centre over the past week or so may have noticed a new and bold addition to the exterior of Tŷ Pawb.
With less than 70 days until the multi-million pound arts and markets development opens to the public, a new glass entrance has been installed.
The doorway, which is on the Market Street side of the building, will become one of the main / feature entrances to the new development.
In the initial planning documents submitted in 2015, it was noted that the entrance on south east side of the building would be “enlarged to clearly mark the main entrance to the new arts centre and at the same time to help attract a new audience from the east”.
A total of £4.5 million has been spent redeveloping the building, which once complete will play host to two galleries, a flexi-use area, 20 market stalls, shared studio space, three food outlets and performance space.
Work transforming the former Peoples Market into an arts, culture and market space has been ongoing since early 2017 and after several years of meetings, online debate, bickering, eventual progress and social media comments, the development will finally open to the public on April 2nd 2018.
A grand opening event, Dydd Llun Pawb, or Everybody’s Monday, will take place on the Easter Bank Holiday – with a day of festivities and entertainment planned to celebrate the launch.
Cllr Hugh Jones, deputy leader of Wrexham Council and the councillor who has lead the development through its various stages over the past few years, said: “It is exciting that we are now approaching the opening of Tŷ Pawb on time and on budget.
“This has been a long journey and it is encouraging that many of the original opponents of the scheme are now supportive.
“Existing and new Market Traders will have a really first class venue from which to sell their crafts and wares.
“I am grateful to both the officer and stakeholder team for the work that they have put in, together with Arts Council Wales who are the major funder for the project.
“Tŷ Pawb provides Wrexham with an exciting new venue that will appeal to a broad cross section of the Wrexham Community and attract significant new visitors to Wrexham.
“The hard work in taking Tŷ Pawb forward will continue in the months and years ahead and I am encouraged by the expertise and enthusiasm from the staff and volunteers who will run Tŷ Pawb.
We also asked Wrexham Council how many stalls in Tŷ Pawb have been let so far and what contingency plans have been put into fill the vacant stalls in the Butchers Market if / when traders relocate to the new facility. We did not receive a response to those two questions.
In December 2017 we had a tour around Tŷ Pawb – you can view a video / get a feel for how it will look, below: