Spa scheme’s extra funding

The Spa can now be fully seen now the builders office cabins have been removed from the front of the building after the restoration and refurbishment project has been completed.  Picture by Andrew Higgins  112478s    18/06/11
The Spa can now be fully seen now the builders office cabins have been removed from the front of the building after the restoration and refurbishment project has been completed. Picture by Andrew Higgins 112478s 18/06/11

SCARBOROUGH Council will need to find £135,000 from its contingency reserve fund to cover essential improvements around the Spa Complex it has been revealed.

The decision will be taken by members of the council’s Cabinet today.

The news comes weeks after the completion of a £6.64 million project to refurbish the historic building.

According to a report which will be considered at today’s meeting:

l £39,000 would be needed to cover essential health and safety upgrades to the venue’s underground car park

l £15,000 would be needed for resurfacing works to the forecourt of the Spa Grand Hall

l £51,000 would be needed for known scheme overspends

l and an additional £30,000 would used to cover any additional costs which arose.

The report was written by Douglas Kendall, from the council’s regeneration section, and he stressed that the overspend represented only two per cent of the total cost of the scheme if it was used.

He added: “Given the high risks involved with delivering a project on a Grade II listed building and scope of works delivered this is considered to be a positive financial outturn position.”

The Spa and South Bay Urban Realm project was developed to provide the venue with more flexible and usable facilities and work began there in April 2010.

It was completed by the beginning of May this year with an opening night concert by the Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra.

In his report Mr Kendall said: “As expected in a Grade II listed building several unforeseen issues arose during the course of the project due to the complex nature of the scheme and a number of additional costs needed to be incurred.”

He also highlighted a number of cases where compensation was due, under the terms of the contract, including delays and unforeseen changes to the project.

Concerns have been raised by fire officers that the sprinkler and ventilation system at the underground car park was deemed inadequate.

Mr Kendall said that essential work had been completed in the car park and it had been reopened last month but there was still a £39,000 shortfall in funding.