Orig­i­nal pav­il­ion con­struc­tion flaws to de­lay new fa­cil­ity

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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,

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