The Corporation Hall on Prince Regent Street has stood empty and semi-derelict for a number of years and it’s impending demise was publicised in a story in the Gazette in October 2017 when a planning application was made by Stockton Council to demolish the hall and replace it with a 24 space car park. The press report went on to say;
“A planning application by Stockton Council said: “Corporation Hall has stood vacant for several years and is currently in a state of disrepair. The building has out-of-date space and poor mechanical and electrical service installations and would not meet the requirements of current day tenants seeking quality accommodation. Remodelling costs would be excessive and it is likely the building will continue to fall into a worse state of disrepair. Although the building has some character its design as a functional hall provides little or no enhancement to the streetscape, and it is generally of poor design and condition.”
Apart from this last opportunity to go inside and take some photographs I had never previously been inside the hall but do seem to recall it being used by a local model railway society to hold an exhibition some years ago but I’m sure other Picture Stockton visitors will have memories of the Corporation Hall in it’s prime? I certainly hope so as another piece of our heritage is razed to the ground to be replaced by yet another car park!
Photographs and details courtesy of David Thompson.