Crane helps to raise Barrow roof
Last updated at 15:49, Sunday, 03 November 2013
A GIANT crane towered over Barrow’s 126-year-old Town Hall yesterday as roof repair work costing more than half-a-million pounds got under way.
The landmark is undergoing a major regeneration as corroding iron nail fixings are replaced along with hundreds of tiles.
But the iconic green Westmorland slate, which forms part of the structure, will remain as many are still in good condition. It is hoped two-thirds of the original tiles will be reused.
Barrow Borough Council is spending £675,000 on repair work to the Grade II* listed building.
A total of £591,500 is being spent on the roof repairs and scaffolding, while £77,500 will pay for stonework repairs and £6,000 for painting work.
Steve Solsby, council assistant director for regeneration and built environment, said: “The issue has been with the nails failing and the slates moving following that.
“I believe the slates have been there since construction and the slating company has told us there’s probably as much as double that in the life of the slate, so that’s why we’re reusing them.”
First published at 15:26, Thursday, 31 October 2013
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Cant believe it. Half a million pounds + just on one roof, but the council wont even come and fill in the holes on the pavement outside my house. JOKE.