Supply issues push back completion date

Makeover. . .An Ardwick St view of the work to transform the James Cumming Wing into a new Gore library and community centre. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

Early next year is now the expected completion date for Gore’s new library and community centre after supply issues hit the project.

The $7.75million project involves the transformation of the former James Cumming Wing hall and function rooms into a modern library and community space.

Gore District Council chief executive Stephen Parry said the project was within budget, but had to be delayed by a couple of months “due to some problems with material supply”.

“Work to date.. has been mainly around asbestos removal and demolition, gutting the interior and exterior cladding.

“Aluminium joinery will be installed soon.

“It’s hoped to be finished early in the new year.”

The original design had only undergone “a few minor modifications” with no substantial changes, he said.

“The only complication is material supply and cost increases arising from Covid. To date, we have managed to keep that under reasonable control.”

The council has gained $3 million from the Government “shovel ready” project funding and $958,000 from the Mataura Valley Milk development contribution.