Assembly Rooms opening may be delayed until summer

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The grand re-opening of Boston’s Assembly Rooms has once again been delayed, as work continues to ensure it is revamped correctly.

The iconic building had originally been due to open in its new guise as a modern ‘entertainment venue’ next month, but the Standard reported in February that the date had been pushed back to May.

However, last week owner Matt Clark revealed that work may not be completed until the summer, as the relevant planning applications have not yet been submitted to Boston Borough Council.

He told The Standard: “There has been a significant amount of focus on the importance and heritage of the property, and the detail is taking longer than we had hoped.

“After next week it will be in the hands of the council.”

Mr Clark added that he thought the work would be carried out ‘incredibly quickly’ once the council had granted permission for work on the listed building.

Most of the work is being carried out on the first and second floors of the building, with some alterations made to the outside, in a bid to bring it back up to an acceptable standard. Electrical systems, toilets and other things will also be modernised, he said.

As well as bringing the Assembly Rooms back up to scratch, Mr Clark said he also wants to help improve Custom House Quay, which is next to another of his venues.

He told The Standard he has been talking to Boston Borough Council about fixing up the waterside area and making it a more attractive area for people to sit and enjoy – especially after they have purchased a drink from The Waterfront.

There are also plans to improve the rear of the pub, he said.