North office rebuild nears end
THE $2 million refurbishment of the Northumberland Hotel is 90% complete and expected to be finished by the end of this month so council planning staff can move in early next month.
Gympie Regional Council bought the historic site at the corner of Channon and Nash streets in late 2009 to accommodate about 45 staff.
Once completed, ratepayers will have paid about $3 million for the new office space, a figure considerably less than the $35 million quoted to build a multi-storey administrative building in Mellor St.
The North was purchased for $1.45 million in December 2009.
The council had budgeted more than $1.9 million for the refurbishment, including work outside the building contract, and reported an adjusted contract price at this week's works and services committee of $1.36 million.
Asbestos in the kitchen windows and basement bathroom of the main building has been removed, windows in the kitchen and office replaced, a sewer line in the main building replaced, the lunchroom structure strengthened, gutters changed, carpet replaced, stairs modified, "defective" render replaced, and other fittings replaced and brick and blockwork added.
Refurbishment has also been carried out on the North's annex building.
The council now owns six buildings in Gympie's CBD.