People in Brackley have had a first glimpse of a project worth up to £3 million to secure the future of their iconic town hall.
In addition to maintenance work, members of Brackley Town Council hope to secure the financial viability of the 300-year-old building.
Architects have drawn up ideas which include a commercial space on the ground floor, a public meeting space on the first floor with improved access and catering facilities and office or self catering accommodation in the attic space.
After a presentation from consultants Ingham Pinnock Associates, members of the council have voted to push forward with the project by investigating sources of funding.
Town clerk Linda Carter said there were still major challenges before they could settle on a final plan, including putting in a lift.
She added: “The next stage is to apply to the Lottery Heritage Fund and it will want to see we are considering a number of options. The council has set aside a small amount.
“There’s £300,000 built up in the budget, but we already know just to replace the roof will cost £350,000 and we are looking at an overall cost of between £2 million and £3 million.”
Brackley mayor Peter Rawlinson said he was delighted with the plans. He added: “It has been a long journey to get this far and it has only been possible with the hard work of many Brackley town councillors over a number of years.”