Horsham Town Hall project demolition damages Wimmera Office Equipment

WIMMERA Office Equipment’s Horsham building was damaged by town hall project demolition works on Wednesday.

A brick wall at the business was knocked out of shape as contractor Kane Constructions worked on the neighbouring construction site.

The town hall supper room, which backed onto Wimmera Office Equipment, has been mostly demolished.

Store part-owner Bill Glenister said the damage to his business could have been a lot worse.

No-one was injured and trade was not affected by the structural damage.

“About 1pm on Wednesday a bit of a shake went through the building,” Mr Glenister said.

“We went out the back to see what the noise was.

“The site foreman acted very quickly.

“Workers came along and made it all safe.”

Bricklayers began repairing the wall on Thursday.

“We’re unconcerned at this point in time and we’re satisfied with the way Kane Constructions has dealt with it,” Mr Glenister said.

Kane Constructions has taken responsibility for the repairs, which Mr Glenister expected to be finished by the weekend.

The business also received calls from Horsham Mayor David Grimble and Horsham Rural City Council staff.

Council technical services director John Martin said the contractor had reviewed its procedures as a result of the incident.

“They have developed a modified arrangement for loading the waste material into their truck to ensure this doesn’t happen again,” he said.

“They were parking their truck as close to the waste material as possible and loading it there.

“Now, they plan to load their waste material further away from the building.”

Mr Martin said Horsham’s municipal building surveyor had inspected the site after the incident and would return once repairs were finished to make a final assessment.

“It was dealt with promptly and the tenants seem satisfied with the response,” he said.

Kane Constructions project manager Peter Mann told people at a site meeting on Tuesday morning that preparations for civil works would begin soon.

“This will include raising levels of the site ready for concreting,” he said.

The frequency of trucks entering and exiting the site will remain steady until concreting begins.

“Noise and impact from supper room demolition was bigger than expected,” the meeting’s minutes stated.

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