DEMOLITION works on the Burke and Wills Hotel are clearing the way for the major refurbishment that will breathe new life into the historic building.
Where once stood two separate tenancies attached to the Ruthven St hotel there is now a pile of rubble as McNab builders progress plans to overhaul the site.
Burke and Wills site manager Paul Gordon from McNab said despite a “few hiccups” early on, works on the $10 million project were progressing well.
“At the moment we’re doing the demolition works. We’re progressing from level six to the ground floor … and as we progress down, next week we’re going to start on the main roof and then we’ll start installing the glass curtain wall.
“With these sorts of jobs, because you’re doing demolition and you’re doing refurbishments, with old buildings, you don’t know what you’re going to come across.
“We build that time factor into the job.”
Works on the new gaming room, to replace the demolished side building, is expected in coming weeks as the internal demolition and re-fit continues.
“Now we’ll start the ground works installing a new slab and building there which will be the gaming room,” Mr Gordon said.
Burke Industries was engaged for the demolition works which McNab marketing and sales director Steve Kelk said wasn’t planned but a “great little irony”.
“We’ve been very excited to see how much interest there has been from the public as to the development,” Mr Kelk said.
“It has been a place of Toowoomba’s history for so long and we’re starting to see it slowly unfold.
“In the next couple of weeks we’ll be able to see the new Burke and Wills start to emerge from the scaffold and you’ll be able to see that very clearly from Ruthven St.”