After four years on the drawing board, a project to revamp the Ley Hall at Lealholm is set to get under way today (Friday).
The old hall is going to be upgraded and modernised thanks to a Big Lottery Reaching Communities award worth over £400, 000.
It has taken the Ley Hall Community Trust around four years to obtain the funding but it is hoped works will only take five months to complete.
They have thanked the community for its support and patience while they secured the money and contracts.
Once the work is done it will make the hall more accessible and a wide range of activities are being planned already for the grand re-opening.
Due to the age and heritage of the hall it has been necessary to instruct specialist architects from York and the contractors carrying out the work are Transcore from Malton.
Peter Ruane from Transcore said: “Transcore are delighted to have been appointed as proincipal contractor for this exciting project and look forward to working with the project team to provide the community with a valuable facility.”
Members of the trust, community and local schoolchildren will be at a ground-breaking ceremony later today to commemmorate the start of the project.