Anglican Op Shop rises from the ashes after fire
THE Anglican Diocese Op-Shop and Book Store has begun to rise from the ashes of a devastating arson attack in late-June last year.
Work has begun to hit fever pitch on the restoration of the Fitzroy Street building with new steel roof support beams lifted into place during this week.
Site builder Rick Winters said that the work had been held up by weather constraints but should be completed by early next month. "It would be all right if I could get a decent go at it," Mr Winters said. "The brick work is sort of crumbling at a part where it has been badly heat affected.
"All the inside has basically been stripped out but we are just basically waiting for a half decent day to finish off the roof work. The weather is just holding us up a bit at the moment."
With the plumbing already completed, Mr Winters expects the construction of the roof to be completed as early as next week to allow the plasterers in to complete internal walls and ceilings.
"End of February, start of March is when it should be all completed. Unfortunately the start of the project was held up for a little bit, but from when I started we are well and truly on schedule."
Parish administrator Canon Roger Millard said he would be "delighted" to see the Op Shop open next month.
"At this stage we are just letting [the builders] do their work and hopefully we will be back up and running soon," Mr Millard said. "We need to get back to our shop as soon as we can, otherwise we are constantly losing money."