A HAMPSHIRE arts centre that was at risk of collapse due to a broken roof beam, is due to reopen.

In May 2018 when a major roof beam failed at Chandler's Ford's Thornden Hall Arts Centre, scaffolding was needed to stop the building falling down.

Described as a "catastrophic failure" by the centre, the hall was forced to close whilst bosses worked 'relentlessly' to secure funding to repair, refurbish and re-open the 400 seat auditorium.

Now though, after more than three years of being out of action and many months of extensive repairs and refurbishment the Hall is finally ready to welcome visitors back with a grand re-opening on September 17.

With a showcase staged by the Performing Arts Department of Thornden School, the hall will begin a string of events that are taking place over the next few months including: La Traviata on Sydney Harbour, Pops Orchestra presents ‘The Music of Take That’, Bishopstoke players presents ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ and NT Live: Follies.

The damaged beam has been replaced with a steel structure, lighting systems have also been updated to new LED technology and the sound system has been upgraded to Dolby Certification as part of the work.

The Hall manager, Neil Daykin, told the Echo that the damaged beam put the "safety and the integrity of the whole building at risk".

He added: "We immediately closed the space that day, we had a show due to take place that day and we've been closed ever since. The school invested money and the rest was paid for by the Department for Education."

Floors have been replaced and seats have been re-upholstered in the hall which is described as having become a "beacon for the arts in Chandler’s Ford

The multipurpose performing arts centre is used by both the school and the local community and hosts orchestras, choirs, dance shows, event cinema, comedians and more.

Mr Daykin added: "It's jubilant, to see students in there rehearing this week, getting ready for our showcase next week. The building's heart is beating again, it's got a new lease of live, its amazing to see it coming back to fruition and a space used for art."