Hall plans under way

WHILE a name is yet to be chosen for the building proposed to replace Lyceum Hall, plans are well under way for the rebuild.

The century old Lyceum Hall burnt down in May last year, leaving the Esk Community without its well used facility.

Somerset Regional Council Manager of Corporate and Community Services, Chris Payne, said the project was nearing the completion of the design phase.

“We have worked with the community reference group and had input from the locals to get ideas about what should be included,” he said.

“We settled on a new site for the building at the sport and recreation reserve adjacent to the football field, which is in close proximity to the centre of town.

“The preliminary estimation is that the project will be around $4 million.”

Mr Payne said there was never a question as to whether the council would replace Lyceum Hall.

“There is a lot of history and local sentiment that went with that building,” he said.

“It was over 100 years old and had a lot of memories.

“It was a social and cultural key component of the community and that's why it was a no-brainer that council would do something to replace it.”

He said the floods had impacted the project's planning.

“On January 10 when for the first time ever, as far as we can tell, water was across that area,” he said.

“We have decided to stick with that spot we have chosen but we will be raising the site a bit in the event that there is another flood.”

Mr Payne said the completion of the building is still at least a year away.

“We will be finalising the design by the end of May and then we will have a tender to build which will take us up to June or July,” he said.

“We will then be looking at a 10-12 month construction process which will bring us to about July 2012.

“When the original hall burnt down we thought we would be looking a two year timeframe to get something back in place.”

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