ABOUT THE FREMANTLE TOWNHALL RENOVATIONS
Freo’s View reader Kel asked questions about the Fremantle Townhall renovations, so here some info:
The City is undertaking a major $2.8m project to conserve the exterior of the historic Fremantle Town Hall. The purpose of the work is to prevent further deterioration to the building occurring due to water penetration through the roof and undersized down pipes and gutters and the entrapment of moisture and salts in the masonry walls.
The works will replace the deteriorated roof and down pipes and gutters and carry out masonry and joinery conservation at roof level. Works will also be undertaken to conserve the clock tower roof and the High Street, William Street and tower facades.
Reinstatement of the spectacular slate roofs with cast iron finials together with the removal of paint on the facades to reveal the original stucco finish of the Town Hall will enhance the presentation and character of the Kings Square Precinct.
Conservation of the external shell of the Fremantle Town Hall will also prepare the way for future refurbishment of the interior of the building that will be undertaken in conjunction with the construction of the future new Fremantle Library and Civic Administration Building.
The City’s program of works will follow the guidelines set out in the nationally recognised ICOMOS Burra Charter for heritage conservation and the recommendations of the Fremantle Town Hall Conservation Plan (1985/ 2004) by Considine and Griffiths Architects. The works will include:
Replace all roof cladding and roof drainage system:
Reinstating slate roof cladding and cast iron finial and balustrade details to the feature roofs (turrets, mansard roof)
Reinstate flat metal sheeting to flat roofs, dormer windows etc.
Reinstate corrugated galvanised steel sheet cladding to the concealed roofs and auditorium roof
Conserve all timber joinery including doors, windows, roof trims, flagpoles etc.
Conserve all rendered masonry by removing impermeable paint and cement renders and make good with lime render, lime mortar and natural hydraulic lime to match original
Conserve iron portico columns, treat rust and repaint.
Work is estimated to finish in late 2016 but at present it looks like it might go into early next year.