Exciting new plans for the Subscription Rooms have been unveiled for the first time.
People can see the proposals at an exhibition at the Sub Rooms on Saturday October 13 from 10am to 1pm.
The proposals are the results of months of consultations by the Town Council with the community, key partners and the new Stroud Subscription Rooms Trust.
“We are delighted to be able to show the proposals of what the Subs could look like once it is in the ownership of the Town Council,” said Stroud Town Mayor Kevin Cranston.
“But nothing is in stone. We want feedback from the community so that we can ensure the improvements make the Subs fit for purpose and turn it into a dynamic and thriving arts and community venue.
The proposals include: replace the tourist information office with a new box office, bar and cafe; build an improved access ramp and renovate the George Room to become a multi-use venue with retractable cinema seating.
The second phase would include: convert the kitchen and interim space to form larger female toilets; create a fully accessible disabled toilet with adult changing table; relocate the kitchen to the new cafe; convert the male toilets to a cellar and create a circular access around the staircase.
The phase would also include redesigning the Kendrick bar on the first floor so that it can serve more people at any one time and retractable seating in the Ballroom.
The Town Council and Stroud District Council are negotiating a contract which will see the building be transferred to the Town Council, therefore ensuring it remains in public ownership.
The Stroud Subscription Rooms Trust, currently working with the Charities Commission on its registration, will be responsible for running the Subscription Rooms.
In March Stroud Town Council launched a campaign to raise £100,000 in pledges to carry out improvements to the Sub Rooms. Nearly £50,000 was pledged.
People are now being asked to honour those pledges.
Donations can be made via cheque (made payable to Stroud Town Council) and dropped off at the Town Council offices or sent via post. All cheques and cash must be accompanied by a donation form. We are currently working on a facility for online donations. Please watch this space.
Beth Alden, Chair of Stroud Subscription Rooms Trust, said: “The trustees are very excited about the future of the Subscription Rooms; making the historic building fit for purpose and more accessible will be a significant step towards this future. We are looking forward to hearing the public response to these proposals.”