The City of Launceston will next month begin work on a $250,000 upgrade of the roof at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery’s Royal Park site.
The existing roof is nearing the end of its asset life and the project will involve the installation of a new roofing system designed to better handle stormwater.
The new roof system will be constructed over the western end of the building, allowing for the rationalisation of utility infrastructure currently housed on the roof, like air conditioning units.
The new roof has been designed in consultation with Heritage Tasmania, and is intended to blend sympathetically with the original architecture. The work is expected to take around four months to complete, and will involve the use of a crane.
Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said the project would ensure the Royal Park building remained fit for purpose into the future.
“The Royal Park building dates from 1891 and is one of Launceston’s most stunning built assets,” Mayor van Zetten said.
“We’ll be working closely with our contractors to minimise any disruption so that people can continue to enjoy everything the Art Gallery has to offer at Royal Park throughout the duration of the works.”