St David's Anglican Cathedral: progress reports
Progress report one (November 2009)
Planning and work approvals have been submitted. Design drawings for internal and external fit-out have been completed. The scope of work for the stained glass windows and electrical upgrade will be finished by mid-December.
Progress report two (March 2010)
The project progress has been revised slightly to accommodate contractor availability and statutory approval processes.
Repairs to the Cathedral stained glass windows are underway. The renewal of the Church House slate roof, roof plumbing and downpipes works, and works on the cathedral floor have all commenced and are due to be complete by the end of April.
The scope is being prepared for the Church House joinery and the works will commence at the end of March. The external joinery will be painted in May. Prices are being sought for the interior upgrade of the Church House to provide a new reception area and disabled toilets.
Prices are also being sought for the interior upgrade of the former church offices, to provide a meeting room, office, and refurbished toilets. These works will be complete by the end of May.
All project works have been completed. Activities included:
- repair, conservation and cleaning of the Cathedral and its fabric, such as stained glass, internal floors, stonework and rainwater goods
- improvement to the use and amenity of the Cathedral and its interior, involving upgrade of the internal electrical services and provision of new internal joinery
- timely repair and conservation of the deteriorated Church House external fabric
- improvements to the use and amenity of the Church House, including upgrade of the electrical services, provision of new reception area, upgraded kitchen and plumbing, internal and external painting, and new internal floor finishes
- refurbishment of the ground floor of the former church offices to provide a meeting room, kitchen and toilets.
The major trades involved on-site training of apprentices and local tradespeople, allowing them to increase their skill level in high quality trade work. With a high number of heritage buildings in the state of Tasmania, the establishment of a skilled local workforce is very useful.
The long term benefits of the work include the enhancement of the Cathedral's function as a liturgical and cultural centre for Hobart and Tasmania. Visitor and user access and comfort have been improved, and works have ensured the longevity of the buildings.
The Cathedral complex is now in excellent repair and condition, which will allow annual routine maintenance to maintain this condition. The buildings are now ideally set up to accommodate a range of new civic and community uses and events, allowing a much wider range of the Hobart community and visitors to appreciate the place for its historic and cultural value.