Belfast Telegraph

Plugging Stormont leaks to cost £5.4m

BY NOEL McADAM

Stormont leaks are set to be plugged at last – for when it rains, it really pours in some parts of Parliament Buildings.

But MLAs will no longer have to bypass buckets in the corridors, for contractors Tracey Brothers of Enniskillen have finally been appointed to begin the major repair and refurbishment of the Assembly's dodgy roof.

And with the politicians on their two-week Easter break, work is expected to get under way during the next fortnight with the project expected to cost £5.4m.

That's on top of the more than £60,000 already forked out to patch up the ceiling.

It is believed to be the first major work on the roof since the 1940s, when some offices were removed.

The main problem which results in regular leaks when there is rainfall – some offices were forced to close for a week last year – is that the roof of the building is flat.

To preserve its architectural integrity that will have to remain the case.

Speaker William Hay, who chairs the Assembly Commission which appointed the firm, said: "The building is an important part of our heritage and we are confident that this project will protect and enhance the listed status of the building for many years to come and will significantly improve our carbon footprint."

John Tracey of Tracey Brothers said: "We are delighted to have been awarded the contract for the repair of Parliament Buildings roof and look forward to working in partnership with Hamilton Architects and the Assembly Commission on this magnificent building."

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