West End Hall to Rise from Ashes

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Published: 26 Dec 2016

One of Timaru’s best used halls is set to rise from the ashes next year with the start of the rebuilding project.

The rebuilding of the West End Hall is underway following the acceptance of the building proposal by council.

The hall, in West End Park on Maltby Avenue was one of the city’s most popular venue, hosting everything from weddings to Rock and Roll dances.

It was seriously damaged following a fire on 13 June, but will now be reinstated in a $792,000 project funded from the insurance payout and some council funds.

Tina Rogers, Group Manager, Corporate Services said that the rebuild presented the opportunity to make some improvements to the hall which would increase its value to the community.

“With the hall undergoing major work to reinstate it to its original state we thought it would be prudent to fund some upgrades to bring it up to the standards expected by our users, and make it an even better resource for the community.

“The improvements include the installation of heat pumps, double-glazed windows and insulation, as well as a new wall to create a hallway outside the bathroom area and a cage for the waste bins to help ensure the hall is better protected from fire in the future.”

Work on the hall will start in January, with an estimated completion date around the end of June. Once the rebuild timeline has been confirmed, bookings for the new hall can resume.

Publish Date: 26 Dec 2016