Hall re­build al­most com­pleted

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Work to re­build the fire-gut­ted West End Hall is ex­pected to be com­pleted in the next two months but the fi­nal cost has not yet been cal­cu­lated.

The West End Hall, on Maltby Ave, was gut­ted by fire in June last year, with both its kitchen and roof ex­ten­sively da­m­aged.

It is get­ting a ma­jor re­build, at an ap­proved bud­get of $910,000. How­ever, the fi­nal cost ‘‘will not be known un­til the work is com­pleted’’, a Ti­maru District Coun­cil spokesman con­firmed last week.

The spokesman said ‘‘sub­stan­tial com­ple­tion is ex­pected in the next two months with some tidy up work to be com­pleted after that’’.

Work on the hall started in Jan­uary and was ini­tially ex­pected to be com­pleted by June.

‘‘In 2016 there were a num­ber of is­sues re­lat­ing to in­sur­ance mat­ters that took a sig­nif­i­cant amount of time to re­solve,’’ he said.

‘‘Once the builders com­menced work in Fe­bru­ary this year, progress has been as ex­pected. But the wet au­tumn and win­ter, along with some ex­tra work, has ne­ces­si­tated a six week time ex­ten­sion.’’

The coun­cil de­cided to in­clude some up­grades in the re­build to bring the build­ing up to a higher standard for hall users.

Im­prove­ments in­cluded the in­stal­la­tion of heat pumps, dou­ble-glazed win­dows, in­su­la­tion and a new toi­let area.

New de­sign fea­tures in­cluded a meet­ing room, bar, pur­pose built stor­age room, up­graded kitchen in­clud­ing com­mer­cial dish­washer, in­creased stor­age in­clud­ing lock­able stor­age, pantry, three fridges (two in the ad­join­ing bar and one in the kitchen), oven and range­hood. ‘‘The ma­jor re­build job started with de­mo­li­tion work in Jan­uary 2017 and con­tin­ued with the re­build­ing of the fa­cil­ity.

‘‘Most of the re­build work is com­pleted, ex­cept for the re­place­ment of the wa­ter da­m­aged floor.

‘‘This phase will take sev­eral weeks and will be fol­lowed by out­door work be­fore the con­trac­tors are com­pletely fin­ished,’’ the spokesman said.

In­sur­ance was cov­er­ing the cost of re­place­ment and the coun­cil was con­tribut­ing a ‘‘small amount for im­prove­ments‘‘.

‘‘The fi­nal cost will not be known un­til the work is com­pleted, but will be gen­er­ally in ac­cor­dance with the ap­proved bud­get of $910,000 plus coun­cil’s con­tri­bu­tion cov­er­ing en­hance­ments and im­prove­ments.’’

PHOTO: DOUG FIELD/STUFF

West End Hall is be­ing ren­o­vated after it was ex­ten­sively da­m­aged by fire.

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