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Work to begin on Railway Station Building Cafe/bar

8 Jul 2015, 3:33 PM

The external refurbishment of the central railway station building (two) has been completed.

The Tender to develop the internal layout of this building has been awarded to P.J. McCarthy Construction Limited.

WDC anticipates work to commence from 13 July.

The new layout of building two has been approved by the NZ Historic Places Trust.

In the central building (building two) the focus has been on completing the external refurbishment, strengthening the structure and installing water sprinklers; which have also been installed  throughout the other buildings and canopy.

The fireplace inside building two has been removed as it was structurally unsound.

Mr de Luca says an internal wall will also be removed to make way for a more open plan layout.

“Contractors are currently rebuilding a revised internal structure of the chimney with the external appearance matching and utilising the historic brickwork,” he says.

“Council’s intention is to utilise building two as a cafe/bar/restaurant, providing income to offset the ongoing building maintenance.”

The commercial space will be rented to a specialist business owner/operator. The new layout of building two, along with the layout that will connect building one to the i-SITE, have both been approved by the NZ Historic Places Trust.

Railway station building two during the final stages of external works