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Salisbury City Hall

City Hall in Salisbury closed as an entertainment venue in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. From December 2020 to January 2023 it was used as a mass vaccination centre to support the efforts to keep as many people protected from COVID-19 as possible.

We are looking at all the options available to reopen the venue as an entertainment venue.

July 2023 update

We have reaffirmed our commitment to reopening Salisbury's City Hall as a revitalised entertainment and cultural venue.

Our recent repair surveys on the existing City Hall building established that repairs would be over £2m to make the building useable, without improving the overall quality of experience for visitors to the venue. The work required also means that the council's public liability insurance would not be valid, and therefore it is unable to reopen City Hall in its current state at this time.

However, we continue to investigate different funding options which could see the existing City Hall building enhanced, creating a modern entertainment venue, bringing with it wider economic benefits to Salisbury and the surrounding areas, while complementing the city's existing and emerging cultural offer.

Being able to make a significant investment would also provide the option to consider moving the city's library and Young Gallery into the redeveloped City Hall. The current library will need around £1m of repairs and it may be a sensible option to embed it as part of the new City Hall project, given it wouldn't need to close while that site is being worked on. We are committed to developing an innovative library service in the city in a building fit for the future. However, no final decisions have been made regarding the library and all stakeholders will be kept up to date.

Any formal plans will be subject to relevant planning and development processes.  

Recent press releases 

Wiltshire Council provides City Hall update - 17 July 2023

Council reaffirms commitment to reopen City Hall as a live entertainment venue - 3 July 2023

Council looking at options to invest millions into City Hall to provide a first-class entertainment venue for Salisbury - 18 May 2023

Council continues to seek third party organisations to manage City Hall - 13 March 2023

NHS set to leave City Hall following successful vaccination drive - 26 January 2023

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