Horsham Town Hall asbestos to go

AN asbestos removal specialist will work on the Horsham Town Hall redevelopment next week.

Kane Constructions project manager Peter Mann said a small amount of asbestos had to be removed.

"Most of the asbestos is inside the building. Any that is outside will be removed early in the morning when there is no passing foot or vehicle traffic," he said.

The construction team placed site perimeter fencing and closed the car park behind the town hall this week.

Mr Mann said shadecloth would soon be added to the internal side of the fencing.

"Once the shadecloth is attached, that will be the view people will have of the town hall for the next 18 months," he said.

Excavation equipment will arrive in Horsham next week.

Meanwhile, Kane Constructions will investigate electricity, gas, water and sewerage connections.

Powercor has been installing underground power lines along Pynsent Street, as well as a new substation for the project.

Horsham Rural City Council technical services director John Martin said he expected Powercor's initial work in the car park area would be completed by next week.

"The final stage of works involving connection to properties and the removal of existing power lines will occur in early February," he said.

"We are working with Pynsent Street businesses and the contractors to ensure a smooth transition to the new electricity supply."

The underground powerline development is the second stage of a streetscape project jointly funded by council and the State Government's Putting Locals First Initiative.

"The first stage of improved drainage was completed last year," Mr Martin said.

Lighting in the Forty Winks car park will be improved to make it safer for staff from neighbouring businesses to return to their cars after hours.

The Horsham Town Hall redevelopment project will cost more than $19.6 million, and includes a new 501-seat auditorium, art gallery education space and streetscape works in Pynsent and Wilson streets.

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