Original pavilion construction flaws to delay new facility
out tests advised Alpine Shire Council that elements of the original changerooms were not constructed according to the approved design.
The construction of the changerooms in 2006 was managed by the council as owner/builder with packages of work being tendered to local contractors.
The unplanned remediation works will now be a significant added cost.
North East Media understands it could be as much as $450,000 to $500,000.
An assessment carried out by council’s building surveyor, together with the structural engineer, builder and architect, concluded that rebuilding the existing retaining wall and suspended slab would be the most cost-effective way to ensure public safety and longevity for the building.
“What has happened is unfortunate and council being the owner-builder takes responsibility for those issues,” Alpine Shire Council assets director Will Jeremy said.
“We obviously want the best outcome for the project and that means addressing the problems that now exist.
“And while the anticipated delays are disappointing, council is confident in the delivery of an outstanding facility that will be used by the community for decades to come.”
The refurbishment and upgrade of the changerooms were initially scheduled to be completed in time for United Bright Football and Netball Club’s season-opening fixture at Easter but that now looks unlikely.
The additional reconstruction costs will be funded from the remaining $3.74 million project budget and Mr Jeremy said that council was confident of delivering all of that which was originally planned.
“However, it will be necessary to scale back our ambitions in delivering some of the more aspirational elements of the remaining parts of the project, particularly around the cycling hub infrastructure,