Alderley Edge Parish Council are pressing on with plans to refurbish the first floor of the Festival Hall to create additional meeting rooms and toilets.
In November the Parish Council announced that it had been awarded a grant of £47,146 from funding body WREN, to enable them to further improve the facilities.
The Council has now commissioned plans for the space, drawn up by Alderley Edge architects Kimble Roden, and they have gone out to tender to four builders who have until the end of the month to respond.
In the space above the bar, which is currently derelict, the plans are to create two new meeting rooms.
One of these looks out on to the interior of the hall and features a curved ceiling, which was once part of the main hall itself. The architects have successfully retained the curve, as well as the decorative plasterwork on the ceiling, which dates back to the 1920s.
Councillor Geoff Hall commented: "We are delighted that Emma Roden and Edwin Kimble have been able to retain these architectural features, whilst at the same time incorporating energy-efficient contemporary LED lighting."
The second meeting room incorporates a small kitchen area. The existing toilets will also be refurbished and much needed storage space created. The Council believes that these new rooms will provide valuable meeting space for local organisations and will enhance the appeal of the hall itself.
Geoff added "We will now be able to provide a hall with capacity to seat over 300 people, with additional rooms for smaller groups to meet in. One other big plus is that the architects have met our brief for additional storage, which regular users of the hall will know has up to now been a big problem for us."
The Parish Council hopes to start the building work in May or June, with completion by the end of the summer.