Council Approves £1 Million Repair At Northampton Guildhall

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Council Approves £1 Million Repair At Northampton Guildhall

Conservative councillors on Northampton Borough Council’s cabinet have agreed to upgrade the roof and install replacement boilers on Northampton’s Grade II listed Guildhall.

The intended works to upgrade the roof will cost £496,000 to fix leaks in the original part of the Guildhall, particularly in the Council Chamber, Mayors Shield Gallery, and in the Great Hall. A tarpaulin has had to be permanently placed over the glass atrium in the Mayors Shield Hall, due to the extensive leaks, reports the Northampton Chronicle.

A survey of the roof found that the leaks are causing significant damage to the ‘historic fabric’ of the grade II listed building, promoting the cabinet to appoint a contractor to commence the repairs in August.

Included in the £496,000 figure is the repair work (£316,500), design and project management fees (£30,000), contractor preliminaries (£50,000), and scaffolding (£70,000), as well as a contingency fund of £30,000.

The council had also stated in a report that the existing boilers were ‘obsolete’, and had run up costs of £66,000 in emergency call-outs over the last two years. Now the council is set to replace the ageing boilers at a cost of £499,500.

Pipework around the old boilers will also be replaced, meaning there will be the need for asbestos removal.

The costs for the replacement boiler works include £110,000 on an asbestos survey and removal, £28,500 on repairs to pipework and £89,500 on pipework upgrades, £216,000 on the replacement boilers, £7,500 to relocate the gas supply, £30,000 project management fees, and £18,000 for contingency.

The council estimates that there will be a saving of £2,880 per year on energy consumption as a direct result of replacing the boilers.

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