FREMANTLE TOWNHALL REQUIRES MORE WORK
It took a week but the City of Fremantle has responded to questions asked by Freo’s View reader Kel Smith regarding the Townhall renovations:
Conservation works have been progressing well on the Fremantle Town Hall with most tasks to be completed by Christmas as originally planned.
However it has been discovered during the works, that some inaccessible parts of the building were in worse condition than expected and extra works are now required to conserve the façades and tower and make them structurally sound. To prevent further deterioration of the building, and to make use of the existing infrastructure already in place for the current restoration works, it was more efficient and cost effective to complete these additional works now.
At November’s meeting, council allocated a further $370,000 to the project budget to complete these additional works. The percentage of this budget allocated to scaffold costs is a commercial confidentiality for the contractor but is considerably less than the speculated figure of $750,000.
The completion date for the entire project is currently being negotiated with the contractor but at this stage, has been extended into 2017.
The scaffold surrounding the building will be gradually dropped as the works are completed, starting with the upper levels of the tower and then working around the building from Kings Square into William Street. This is anticipated to occur in early 2017.
The City is very keen to have the project finished as soon as possible but does not want to rush this important once-in-a-generation conservation project that will enhance and protect our iconic town hall for the enjoyment of future generations.