Thirroul Beach Kiosk will be open and operational by Spring.
Wollongong Council says the major refurbishment is in its final stages.
The historic building was in its original state since it opened in 1940 however the building had become run down, and required major work.
Council’s director of works Mike Hyde says where possible, original materials were used to preserve the historic significance, while rebuilt sections were designed and constructed to match the original appearance. “As with many historic buildings, the full extent of works required wasn’t revealed until the layers were peeled back.
“With any old building, we do as much investigation as we can ahead of time, but as the floor and wall linings were removed there were a few hidden surprises. We found asbestos materials under the original change room floor, and discovered that the old brick walls of the kiosk and residence were saturated with salt and had deteriorated much more severely than expected. In many places, there was no mortar left at all.”
The new discoveries added several months to the refurbishment schedule.
“While delays are never ideal, being able to complete this essential work means the building is now in the best shape it can be – it’s structurally sound, has modern amenities, improved access and a better layout. The Thirroul Beach Kiosk and Pavilion will be able to cater to patrons for generations to come.”