Council awards contract for Walker St admin centre

Date published: 15 December 2015

A locally based building company has won the contract to upgrade the roof and refurbish the top floor of the 40-year-old civic administration centre in the Townsville CBD.

The Townsville City Council today awarded a contract for $3 million to Jackson Semler Pty Ltd to carry out the work on the Walker Street building.

Mayor Cr Jenny Hill said the work was the first major upgrade of the centre’s roof since it was opened by the Premier of Queensland Joh Bjelke-Petersen in 1976.

"Importantly the work will be carried out by a local company, supporting local jobs," Cr Hill said.

"The building has served the city well as the centre for local government administration, meetings, functions and civic ceremonies for four decades," Cr Hill said.

"While the building is structurally sound, it is in need of an upgrade to ensure it continues to provide good service to our community.

"The scope of the project will include a considerable amount of structural work on the building’s roof system, including the replacement of the roof, and refurbishment of the second floor.

"While the works take place, staff have been relocated to office space in the former Commonwealth Building next door, which the council acquired late last year."

Preparatory work has been underway over the past four months to remove asbestos materials.

The roofing and refurbishment work is expected to be completed in the middle of next year, subject to weather.