Monday, 19 November 2018

Major Hall Restoration

The Beltana Town hall is a landmark historic building which has been in use from 1879. Over that time many improvements have been made and of course the climate and passing of years have had their effects so it was beginning to show its age. As the community uses it regularly for meetings, town gatherings and events it was agreed that some significant works should be carried out to ensure its continued longevity and modernise and improve the facility for ongoing use. The first stage of this process was an undertaking to upgrade the kitchen to modern, commercial standards. You can read about the start of this process in 2017 here.

The finalisation of the kitchen was a moment of great achievement and we were all very happy with the result and felt encouraged to continue with works on the main part of the hall.           

Finished facilities in the hall kitchen - cooktop, oven and benches   Hall Kitchen Finished 2  

Finished hall kitchen

The main tasks for the continuing renovation were:

  • To reinstate the windows at the front (above the double doors) and rear (in the store room)
  • To replace all the exterior doors
  • To install a cement ramp for disabled access and a landing for the emergency exit
  • To repair any damage to the structure
  • To remove the acoustic tiles in the main part of the hall - revealing the original ceiling profile 
  • To reinstate the original ceiling profile with new materials, including insulation
  • To install commercial grade lino on the store room floor
  • To upgrade the electrical wiring to modern standards and replace fixtures like lighting and install exit signage and ceiling fans
  • To reinstate the 'gas' lantern over the main entrance
  • To paint the interior
  • To paint the exterior woodwork
  • To install flag poles 

There was a lot to do! The community was able to source funding for this project from a number or sources (The Stronger Communities Program, Grants SA, Outback Communities Authority, Veteran's Affairs and the Beltana Progress Association) which allowed us to carry out all of the tasks listed above. With concerted effort from contractors and over 700 hours of volunteer work by the community, progress was consistent and works were completed in October 2018, celebrated by a small community gathering. The greatly improved Hall is available to hire for your events and keep your eyes open for the announcement of our offical opening celebration to be held in the year of the 140th Anniversary of the Beltana Town Hall in 2019.

Before

Hall Renovation Before 2   Hall Renovation Before 1    

Town Hall before the major renovations were commenced.

Progress

 

Hall Renovation Ceiling Prep   Hall Renovation Disabled Access   Hall Renovation Stone Work

Preparing boards for the ceiling, new disabled access ramp and repaired stonework

 

After!

 

Hall Renovation After 1   Hall Renovation After 2  Hall Renovation After 3  Hall Renovation After 4

The finished product. Such a big difference!