Toilet found in Wigan
Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing
A Victorian toilet has been found during a £6 million restoration of the Grade II Wigan town hall along with a stained glass window (not connected to the toilet) and a network of underground tunnels.
The project began in November and Wigan Council says it will save £1m a year by housing 600 staff (up from 230) and reducing its overall number of administrative offices from 24 to just four.
The town hall is being transformed into modern office accommodation while efforts are being made to retain its original features, including the toilet, and incorporate them into the design.
Built in 1902, the town hall was formerly the home of the Wigan Mining and Technical College. It was designed by Briggs & Wolstenholme, the company famous for its work on the Port of Liverpool building – one of the city’s "three graces" on the Mersey waterfront.
The work is due to be finished next year with some staff moving into new offices from July this year.