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The Empress at Mexborough

Business hub planned for former ballroom

A former ballroom and dance hall in Mexborough is being transformed into a hub for business, health and community activity.

The Empress Building dates back to the 1920s and was built to mirror iconic dance halls in places like Blackpool. However it has fallen into disrepair in recent yers.

Jason Mace, managing director of Dearne Valley-based Gala Tent, acquired the property last year and has set aside a budget of £150,000 for the refurbishment.

The building is currently home to tenants including the Personal Training Room, Grafters Ironworks gym, Sally Salter sports massage and Micky's Athletic Boxing Club.

Work has already been undertaken to replace the damaged and rotten timber windows with new PVC-u windows to improve its appearance, let in more light and make it more energy efficient for tenants and customers using the building.

Work is also underway to refurbish what was formerly the sports shop at the front of the building into a coffee lounge.

Other empty rooms in the building are being upgraded for new businesses to lease, including an aesthetics clinic called Solo Aesthetics, where customers will be able to undergo beauty or cosmetic treatments. 

Empress Building owner Jason Mace said: "This is a well-known building in this area where many people have fond memories of spending their evenings or weekends in years gone by. I think it's important that buildings like this are not lost to the community and so I am looking forward to returning it to its former glory, particular the ballroom which is looking tired and falling into disrepair.

"We want the building to be a business and community hub and the new coffee shop will be an important part of this."

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