Heritage Fremantle Boys School building to undergo restoration

The heritage Fremantle Boys School building on Adelaide Street has received $850,000 funding from the City for the first stage of its restoration.

Built in 1854 and currently occupied by the Film and Television Institute, the building requires significant restoration work.

The first stage will include asbestos management planning, chemical analysis of mortar mix to ensure compatibility, stonemason repairs to chimneys and parapets, new gutters, storm consultation and collaboration with the City’s heritage coordinator.

“The City places great importance on its heritage stock and as one Fremantle’s oldest heritage buildings and given its visible location and usage, the restoration of the FTI-occupied building has been one of our highest priorities,” says City of Fremantle technical services director Peter Pikor.

“Certain aspects of the building have deteriorated over a number of years and following a thorough investigation, it was decided that the best resolution was to use a staged approach to restore the building.

"This approach will allow a detailed analysis to be undertaken at the completion of each stage to address risk issues and clarify the scope of following stages,” says Pikor.

The first stage of restoration is to commence in the second quarter of 2014, with additional stages subject to council funding approval.

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