Friday, 27 June 2014

Contract ready for Town Hall restoration

Senior SNP councillors will this week sign-off the contract to bring Saltcoats Town Hall back to life.

The iconic building in the town’s Countess Street was closed to the public in 2009 under North Ayrshire Council’s previous Labour administration. However, thanks to a 2012 Budget motion lodged by Independent councillor Ronnie McNicol and the SNP’s Willie Gibson, initial funding of £1.9m was put in place to safeguard the structure.

Following the Local Government Election of May 2012, at which the SNP replaced Labour as the Council administration, plans were put in place to secure additional funding for a restoration programme. Now, following an extensive tender process, the Council’s ruling SNP Cabinet are ready to sign the contract that will allow renovations to begin in August.

The cost of the major refurbishment will be £2,843,121, which represents a saving of £92,256 on the initial sum set-aside by the Council to cover the programme. The contract will be awarded to Taylor & Fraser Ltd, a Paisley-based engineering and construction firm founded in 1906.

As part of the restoration project, Taylor & Fraser will provide training opportunities for a Tiler (13 weeks), a Stoneworker (13 weeks) and 2 Labourers (52 weeks).

Full restoration of the Town Hall is expected to be completed by late 2015. The new facility will include a 200-person main function hall, 100-seat lesser hall/marriage suite, a heritage space and civic exhibition area, visitor information point and modern office accommodation.

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