Library and wedding plan for Ledbury Master's House
One of the oldest buildings in Ledbury is to become a library, wedding venue and council services centre.
Building work in the Victorian wing of the Master's House has now begun and, with listed building consent, should be completed by January 2012.
Herefordshire Council will spend at least £2m on the project.
It has also submitted a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore medieval parts of the grade II* listed building.
'Sustainability into the future'
Roger Phillips, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for enterprise and culture, said: "At a time when many local authorities are having to close libraries due to government spending cuts, we remain fully committed to providing this service which is much valued by the local community.
"This project is a very important one for Ledbury which will not only restore this building but also ensure its sustainability into the future."
Ledbury Community Voluntary Action will also move to the restored building.