PICTURES: A glimpse into the future as public tour Diss Corn Hall

MDEP-10-09-2016-022 new renovations inside Diss Corn Hall, contractor Mick Flatt explains the restoration of the brickwork ANL-161109-102109005

MDEP-10-09-2016-022 new renovations inside Diss Corn Hall, contractor Mick Flatt explains the restoration of the brickwork ANL-161109-102109005

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Diss residents have been given a glimpse into the future of the iconic Corn Hall building.

As part of this year’s national Heritage Open Days scheme earlier this month, the public were given a rare chance to see how work is progressing as contractors Pentaco led a series of hourly guided tours.

MDEP-10-09-2016-021 new renovations inside Diss Corn Hall, David Case Operations Trustee shows the exterior work ANL-161109-103230005

MDEP-10-09-2016-021 new renovations inside Diss Corn Hall, David Case Operations Trustee shows the exterior work ANL-161109-103230005

The £2m refurbishment of the Corn Hall is part of the £3m Diss Heritage Triangle project, which received £1.65m from the Heritage Lottery fund.

The tours, which were all oversubscribed, started in the main hall, where much of the restoration work to period details has been carried out, and finished in the new extension. Some 8,000 bricks and 14 tons of steel are being used in the construction.

Mick Flatt, of Pentaco, said: “People say the old skills have gone. But the craftsmanship by carpenters and bricklayers in the repairs to the building is some of the best I have seen in all my years in the business, and much of it by young lads.”

MDEP-10-09-2016-017 new renovations inside Diss Corn Hall, David Case Operations Trustee explains the cafe plans ANL-161109-103049005

MDEP-10-09-2016-017 new renovations inside Diss Corn Hall, David Case Operations Trustee explains the cafe plans ANL-161109-103049005

MDEP-10-09-2016-016 new renovations inside Diss Corn Hall, David Case Operations Trustee explains the cafe plans ANL-161109-103019005

MDEP-10-09-2016-016 new renovations inside Diss Corn Hall, David Case Operations Trustee explains the cafe plans ANL-161109-103019005

MDEP-10-09-2016-014 new renovations inside Diss Corn Hall, general shot ANL-161109-102925005

MDEP-10-09-2016-014 new renovations inside Diss Corn Hall, general shot ANL-161109-102925005

MDEP-10-09-2016-026 new renovations inside Diss Corn Hall, contractors Paul Chappell and Mick Flatt, Angela Sykes Corn Hall Director, David Case Operations Trustee, Jess Johnstone Art & Heritage outreach manager and Glynne Lloyd-Davis Secretary & Trustee ANL-161109-125004005

MDEP-10-09-2016-026 new renovations inside Diss Corn Hall, contractors Paul Chappell and Mick Flatt, Angela Sykes Corn Hall Director, David Case Operations Trustee, Jess Johnstone Art & Heritage outreach manager and Glynne Lloyd-Davis Secretary & Trustee ANL-161109-125004005

MDEP-10-09-2016-012 new renovations inside Diss Corn Hall, general shot ANL-161109-102823005

MDEP-10-09-2016-012 new renovations inside Diss Corn Hall, general shot ANL-161109-102823005

MDEP-10-09-2016-010 new renovations inside Diss Corn Hall, contractor Paul Chappell points out work ANL-161109-102244005

MDEP-10-09-2016-010 new renovations inside Diss Corn Hall, contractor Paul Chappell points out work ANL-161109-102244005

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