WORK has started on the transformation of an old library into a hub of activity and a base for community groups.

Kirkbymoorside-based construction and project management company Buffoni Hemmingfield has started work on the Old Library, Kirkbymoorside, to give it a makeover as part of a project to make it more appealing for all people in the town to use.

Architectural designer John Paul said he was already impressed with the team’s work so far on the repair and restoration of the building.

“I’m sure the results will be a new venue perfectly located to provide a modern and exciting interior, fully accessible and open for many uses, including private parties, meetings, exhibitions, lectures, film shows and demonstrations,” he said.

Work to transform the building has so far included lowering the floor to ground level.

Eventually the building will also host community cinema events, technology workshops and craft events.

Kirkbymoorside Town Council supported the development and is hoping that people will hire the space for events such as art exhibitions and christenings. It will also become the home of a youth club, the Raspberry Pi club, and will be used as the town’s polling station.

Mayor Chris Dowie said she hoped the new building would be ready for unveiling by the end of next month.

She said: “We hope it is going to be well used by different groups and we think that there are a lot of groups which would use it.”