WORKS to the Gunnedah police station upgrade are now in full swing with 120 square metres of concrete being poured as a base for the new site.
Construction crews began concreting work early on Wednesday morning as Hanson concrete trucks came in and out of the site regularly throughout the day.
Patterson Group’s site foreman Bob Mudie said works are right on schedule.
“I was the first one here this morning, but the construction guys were not too far behind me, keen and raring to go,” Mr Mudie said.
“We are pretty well on target.
“We are aiming to have this part completed by late April, but at this stage I’d say early May is more likely.
“From there we will move the police out of the current station into the new facility and begin work on the demolition of that building.”
Mr Mudie told Fairfax Media in early February that frame work for the new structure would begin later this week.
“Concreting will start on Wednesday and then we will start to have all the frames and trusses up on Friday, and people will start to see it go up really quickly and it should only take a couple of weeks to go up,” he said.
“The trades have worked out really well so far, most of them have come from Tamworth or Gunnedah, but we do have some coming from far away such as Western Australia.”
The site foreman said planning for the use of the original sandstone from the former Gunnedah gaol that was unearthed recently is now under way.
“I’m not exactly sure what the stones will be used for at this stage,” he said.
“But I know that the architects will look at it and decide the best way to incorporate them into the new facility.
“I’m confident it will look great when it’s finished.”
The $5.5 million NSW government project is expected to be complete in October this year.