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Trades Hall gets roof restoration

Tuesday, 4th June, 2019

The restoration of the Trades Hall roof got underway yesterday. The building of the famous union hall began in 1898 and was completed in 1905. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson The restoration of the Trades Hall roof got underway yesterday. The building of the famous union hall began in 1898 and was completed in 1905. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson

By Emily Ferguson

The repair and restoration of the Trades Hall’s main roof have begun after a long wait.

The repair is being done by local contractor Phillip Williams Roofing, while the roof scaffolding is being set up by Adelaide Scaffolding Service and will take about a week, as the Trades Hall is a heritage listed building. 

President of the Trades Hall Trust and Project Manager, Rosslyn Ferry, said once completed the roof will provide the level of protection that the hall deserved. 

“The reason we’re getting it replaced is there are rusty holes from previous damage and the big hail storm just added damage to what was already there,” Ms Ferry said yesterday. 

“There was some old wiring that caused concern because the roof was leaking badly, which may lead to an electrical fault or short circuiting so it needed to be replaced to protect the building and its contents.

“We had to get exemption approval because it is a heritage listed building.

“The restoration will be beneficial by protecting the heritage artefacts and obviously to prevent any further damage. It will help to maintain the value of built heritage and ensure its services into the future.”

The total cost is expected to be about $130,000, part of which will be funded from a grant in 2017. The NSW Government is also contributing $60,000 through the 2017-2019 Major Works Heritage Grant, and City Council has added a Community Heritage Grant of $20,000. 

“I would like to take this opportunity to recognise and thank former Heritage Advisor, Liz Vines, for the invaluable assistance given to the Trades Hall Trust with the grant application,” said Ms Ferry. The current Heritage Advisor for the project is Paul Davies. 

Ms Ferry said the balance of the cost had been met through union sponsorship, fundraising and private donations. 

“On behalf of the Trades Hall Trust, I sincerely thank all who have supported us in preserving this unique and wonderful iconic heritage building,” she said. 

Access to the Trades Hall will still be available but temporary fencing and signage will be in place as a safety precaution. 

The work is scheduled to be completed in about five weeks.

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