Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Shortage halts works

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Works in Civic Place, Deniliquin which stalled in July as a result of a ‘‘structural steel shortage’’, are continuing with a slight delay according to Edward River Council.

The upgrades to the Estates Building, Civic Plaza council offices and Town Hall were started in October 2019 and will see the three buildings refurbishe­d while the historical facades of the Town Hall and Estates building are maintained.

A courtyard will also be created between the two buildings fronting Cressy St, to be completed by February.

Constructi­on has slowed since June, with council’s director of infrastruc­ture Mark Dalzell instructin­g contractor­s ‘‘not to undertake’’ work on the Town Hall until the steel is available to be able to carry out work on that building safely.

Site Superviser Damian Reid said most of the materials had been delivered, allowing works to continue on the Estates Building, while removal of some of the Town Hall’s internal structure started yesterday.

It anticipate­s a new finish time of January for the Town Hall and Estates

Building, already revised from the original October deadline, is still achievable.

The almost $7 million project, funded through a variety of channels, will transform the Town Hall into a performing arts centre and the Estates Building into new council chambers, offices and a customer service hub.

Works completed over the last two months have included installati­on of electrical wiring, air conditioni­ng ducting and cabling at the Estates Building, and the connection of ducted air conditioni­ng to the Town Hall.

This week the Estates Building will be plastered before cornices and painting begin.

The courtyard will fill the area which housed council’s customer service centre, and Mayor Norm Brennan said it will be a public space ‘‘for anyone to enjoy’’.

Mr Reid said the facades on the Town Hall and Estates Buildings would be true to their original designs.

He said the only new structure would be the lobby connected to the town hall entrance, which is expected to feature a two-storey glass entryway and adjoining brick toilet block.

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■ Plasterers working on the ground floor of the Estates Building.

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