The Toowoomba Regional Council has unveiled the refurbished $8.3 million Toowoomba City Hall facility, complete with new annex.

Works to refurbish the City Hall auditorium and extend a new annex started in early 2016 to create a space that honoured the heritage of City Hall, while creating a modern area for Council and civic business.

Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio said the restoration and extension work had revived an important heritage listed civic building from the early 20th Century, and made it a highly adaptable and functional venue for current and future civic use.

“The new Annex extension has enhanced access to the auditorium and integrates beautifully with the Civic Square and Village Green to help make out City Hall a key meeting point for our community,” Mayor Antonio said.

Toowoomba architecture firm ELIA Architecture undertook the initial concept designs of the project, with Sims White Architects developing and modifying the concepts to deliver the final project.

Northbuild Construction brought the concept to life, following demolition by Burke Industries.

TRC Community Development and Facilities portfolio leader Cr Geoff McDonald said the facility primarily would be used for civic events, such as citizenship ceremonies, and had the capability to host a function in the auditorium while another could be held in the upper level meeting or banquet-style room.

“The venue can hold up to 600 people standing in all areas combined, 80-100 people at a banquet upstairs, 180-200 people at a banquet setting downstairs, 150 seated at rows upstairs and 400 people in rows downstairs,” Cr McDonald said.

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