Rochester’s old Courthouse is undergoing a facelift thanks to a restoration grant.ELAINE COONEY December 12, 2013 4:50am
Restoration of Rochester’s old Courthouse is under way but behind schedule.
Rochester Rotary Club was hoping to use the building for its meetings by Christmas.
The building is undergoing a facelift thanks to a restoration grant from Heritage Victoria.
Project manager and Rochester Rotary member Ray Lewis said the reason for the delay was due to a shortage in specialised contractors to carry out the work.
While he did not give a deadline for the completion of the works, he hoped by next Christmas the club would be using the building.
He said the building would be made wheelchair accessible which meant the removal of steps to the magistrate’s bench and the building’s entrances.
Mr Lewis said district builders were contracted to complete the floor but were awaiting timber.
One of the major works was repairing the north-west corner of the building which has moved a few inches, leaving a gap between it and the adjoining wall.
Mr Lewis had been concerned about a bow in the wall however underpinning, which involved jacking the wall up to its original position, had fixed the problem.
He said the slating and flooring work would be carried out early next year.
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