7/11/2013 12:00:00 a.m.
7 November 2013
Renovation work will begin next week on the women’s public restrooms, known as the Ladies Rest, in St Hill Street.
Property Manager Rowan McGregor said the restrooms will be closed to the public from November 13 and will reopen in mid-December. Alternative facilities are available at 71 Victoria Avenue (the Orient toilets) and a portaloo will be located outside the Ladies Rest.
Gemini Pepper has been awarded the contract for the renovations, which will include gutting the restroom section of the Ladies Rest building and earthquake strengthening it.
Six new toilets will be installed as well as a parents’ room and an accessible toilet. The improvements include a new bench top and washbasins. The foyer will be upgraded and the door from the foyer to the toilet block will be widened for wheelchair and mobility scooter users.
Mayor Annette Main has welcomed the renovation, noting the importance of providing a comfortable and clean public restroom facility for visitors and residents alike.
“The public image of towns is often judged on the standard of their public toilets so it’s good to know this long overdue upgrade is about to start,” Mayor Main said.
“The renovation of the Ladies’ Rest contributes to the long history of the building, which was purpose-built in 1930 as a women’s restroom. The exterior retains its charm and is one of our well-known public buildings.”