WORK on the Gunnedah Police Station upgrade has reached a major milestone, with the existing police station being demolished recently.
Demolition crews have torn down the old police station building, which had stood since 1954, to make way for a state-of-the-art facility expected to be complete later this year.
Patterson Group Construction site foreman Bob Mudie said workers had encountered some setbacks during the demolition process.
“Things are going along all right at the moment but we have had a few setbacks recently,” Mr Mudie said.
“We found a fair bit of asbestos in the footings of the old building and that slowed us up a lot.”
Mr Mudie said the recent setbacks were likely to delay the project.
“I think they will have probably set us back about two weeks,” he said.
“We were looking to have everything complete by about early December, but now it is probably more looking like being finished closer to Christmas.”
The state government funded project encountered similar setbacks during the first half of construction earlier this year.
“There were a couple of setbacks during the first half of construction that cost us a couple of weeks,” Mr Mudie said.
“But, through a bit of good luck and good management, we were able to catch that time up and be a bit closer to being back on track.”
The site foreman said bad weather was likely to be the only factor that could cause further delays.
“While I don’t think anyone would be unhappy if it rained, it may be the only thing that may set us back going forward,” he said.
“In saying that though, if we are able to get through the next couple of weeks without too much rain, we should be right to work through.”
Mr Mudie said the next stage of the project would be laying a concrete base.
“Over the coming weeks we will have our local excavator teams in to smooth it all out and compact down the ground, and from there we can lay the concrete base,” he said.