Diggies repair costs soar to almost $500,000

The kiosk at North Beach Wollongong. Picture: ROBERT PEETRepairs at Diggies kiosk will cost Wollongong City Council almost half a million dollars, and that doesn’t include “highly specialised” work on the heritage building’s windows.
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Staff have recommended councillors vote to accept a tender from Edwards Constructions for $443,952 – excluding GST – to do the work, which would include replacing the curved concrete wall above the south facade of the building.

The windows and doors of the building – which is owned by the council and leased to Diggies – also need replacing but will be “the subject of a separate quotation” to “minimise the construction period and associated inconvenience to the tenant”.

If councillors approve the tender on Monday night, the renovation work is expected to start in May and Diggies has been told it will take 12 weeks to complete.

The construction zone will cover the existing shared pathway next to the kiosk, with cyclists and pedestrians being diverted to the eastern side of the building.

Last week Diggies owner Aaron Crinis asked the council to commit to a clear time frame for the renovations, which have been in the works for the past 18 months since the roof of the kiosk started leaking.

Mr Crinis said he was concerned about the effect a prolonged disruption would have on his staff and customers.

However, the council told the Mercury it was unable to make any guarantees due to “variables beyond the control of the council or any other construction manager”.

To minimise the effects on their business, Diggies operators have asked for permission to install a temporary kiosk next to their existing building.

The council is currently considering development applications for two different temporary kiosk locations.

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