Roy Hoskins, Mayor Ron Bellingham, Greg Thouard and Ron Monteverde examine the restoration plans for the Town Hall.
Roy Hoskins, Mayor Ron Bellingham, Greg Thouard and Ron Monteverde examine the restoration plans for the Town Hall. Contributed

Town Hall gets vital upgrade

TO AVOID a Humpty Dumpty episode, the Warwick Town Hall has earned itself a restoration.

Structural and civil engineer Roy Hoskins submitted a report to Southern Downs Regional Council explaining the heritage building had moved and could pose safety issues if it was not restored.

Mr Hoskins said the 130-year-old building was sunken down on both sides, leaving cracks in the sandstone.

"The corners have been drifting down, settling into the ground," he said.

"What we've done is put something like a pier and a bridge underground to support the columns.

"The theory is, the sides will be rigid, the middle will still be floating on plastic soil and what will happen is the stable ends will squeeze together so it becomes compressed," Mr Hoskins said.

What the stonemasons and engineers found was sand wedged beneath the pillars, which has absorbed water over the years.

"We found 380mm of sand under the southern side and 600mm on the other," Mr Hoskins said.

The restoration commenced about three weeks ago and this stage should be completed by mid next week.

"The next step is that the architect will come in and put agri-grain in the foundation and replace all the pavement," Mr Hoskins said.

The entire project should be complete in four to six weeks.

The building had moved about 20mm on each side, and cracks had formed throughout the structure.

Manager of Facilities Greg Thouard expressed his thanks to all surrounding businesses for their co-operation.


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