St Ives Guildhall

A much-loved building in St Ives, the Guildhall is in need of extensive restoration and improvement.

The aim of this project is to develop the building into a thriving cultural venue together with a café and bar space.

As well as safeguarding the future of an important heritage building, the project will provide a high-quality year-round programme for all potential audiences in St Ives and West Cornwall, develop the town’s role as a national centre of heritage, arts and culture and provide opportunities for careers in creative arts.


Following the closure of the Guildhall at the end of September, the Town Council staff team have been busy emptying the hall, relocating items and recording assets prior the removal of asbestos.

The asbestos removal was completed in December, to ensure the venue is ready for the development works due to start in the Spring.

Earlier this month, the project reached a key milestone with planning approval being granted. You can view the plans online.  

The detailed designs of the spaces are being developed and with construction tenders now assessed, the team will be in position to announce the details of the successful contractor later this month.

The Town Council continues to roll out its engagement programme with local schools and joined year 9 music and drama students for workshop at the end of November around careers in the music performance and venue management.

More detail on the Guildhall project is available on the council’s website