In September 2000, massive structural problems were discovered in the Royal Hall. Large areas of the 100 year-old concrete which made up much of the internal structure was found to be in a highly advanced state of decay. The situation was considered to be so dangerous that the Upper Balcony and some other parts of the building had to be immediately closed to the public.
In November 2001, further structural problems were identified and these caused the building to be completely closed to public access.
The Royal Hall then remained closed until its re-opening in April 2008 following a major £10.7 million restoration project.
‘From time to time, we all need to be taken out of ourselves and uplifted in a place of beauty and inspiration.
That is what restoring the Royal Hall is all about’. – Edward Fox
Returned to it’s former glory, Harrogate’s ‘glittering palace’.