Work is set to begin next month on the Queen Victoria Art Gallery at Royal Park roof to address ongoing problems with storm water, with the price tag dropping significantly.
The City of Launceston council initially budgeted $850,000 for the project, before further predictions placed an estimated $500,000 price tag on it. However, once the work went to tender a $250,000 cost was realised.
The work is expected to take about four months to complete.
Launceston mayor Albert van Zetten said the project would ensure the Royal Park building remained fit for purpose into the future.
"The Royal Park building dates from 1891 and is one of Launceston's most stunning built assets," he said.
"We'll be working closely with our contractors to minimise any disruption so that people can continue to enjoy everything the Art Gallery has to offer at Royal Park throughout the duration of the works."
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The new roof system will be constructed over the western end of the building to address the ongoing storm water issues and to replace a non-compliant fume cabinet at the building.
It has been designed in consultation with Heritage Tasmania and is intended to blend in with the original architecture.
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