Work has begun on replacing part of the aging roof at Marlborough District Council as a $750,000 makeover begins.
The 46-year-old roof was proving too expensive to keep patching up.
In 2018 investigators discovered it had started to sag, causing water damage to walls, ceilings, carpet and lighting.
Council economic, community and support services manager Dean Heiford says council chambers would be “a bit noisy” during the roof repairs but could still be used.
He says one of the council’s resource consent hearings would be held off site, likely at Scenic Hotel Marlborough, in Blenheim.
Council have opted to build a new timber and steel roof structure and membrane over the current timber-framed roof, using the old structure to support the new one.
Water-damaged walls on the ground floor of the building will also be repaired.
Asbestos discovered in wall claddings would be removed and disposed of.
Council will also upgrade windows and cladding at the top level, and improve the fire escape.
Last August, the roof replacement was estimated to cost about $400,000 but the figure doubled thanks to window replacements, asbestos removal and the “complexity of [the] job”.
Dean says work would run from February to “take advantage of the weather”, and to fit in with contractors and suppliers.
The council announced a tender last August, requesting information and pricing on replacing the roof, after it was issued a building consent to undertake repairs last May. It received three responses.