Wednesday 22 February 2012

Historic waterfront White's Shed to be inspected for $350,000

Stratford contractor Richard Field Constructions has been awarded the Cairns Regional Council tender for investigative and undertake works on White’s Shed, to the tune of $351,000.

They will undertake a structural inspection of the historic White’s Shed, situated on the Cairns waterfront site, along with removal of the concrete flooring and the temporary removal of timber flooring to allow for an examination of the heritage-listed building.

The investigation aims to establish the structural integrity of the building so that detailed plans can be drawn up for its refurbishment within the requirements of its heritage status.

It is believed that it's retention, unlike the 103-year-old Cairns Yacht Club building demolished by the State Government in 2008 and sanctioned by the Cairns Council, will form part of the redeveloped site for the entertainment precinct. In the case of the fated-Yacht Club building, there was little historic preservation undertaken.

White’s Shed was originally a sugar storage and handling facility built in the 1920's and is one of the few remaining structures of its time.

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