Real Ideas call for local contractors

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Further tender submissions from local builders and construction services companies are being invited by community interest company, Real Ideas, for the renovation of Liskeard Library.

The original library, a Grade II listed building, is to be renovated by Real Ideas to reinstate library services as well as it being reworked as a community hub with workspaces, indoor and outdoor event space, and a café. The site has already undergone preliminary works to clear the building in preparation for the renovation.

Real Ideas has already developed and renovated a number of historical buildings in the area to create community hubs that help incubate new businesses and encourage “creative collisions” that foster new partnerships and opportunities to grow. Other buildings in the estate include Ocean Studios at Royal William Yard, The Guildhall, and Market Hall.

The library is located on Barras Street, and the building work will be sympathetic to the original materials and use of the old building. Preliminary work has already been undertaken including removal of dry rot from the site and a ‘soft strip’ of old carpets, sanitaryware, and ceiling tiles.

Lenna Bithell, contracts manager for Real Ideas and the library project, says: “We’re ready to commence with the sympathetic renovation of Liskeard Library and encourage local tradespeople to become involved in the town’s project. It is an historic building that will no doubt be challenging at times, but its completion will stand the test of time and any contractor will be able to step back and be proud of being part of the team that injected new life into the building.”

Real Ideas is looking for groundworkers, structural metal works, roofing, internal walls and partitions, joinery, supply of windows and doors, plasterers, and decorators. Tenders can be submitted via Contracts Finder or contact lenna.bithell@realideas.org for more information. Final submissions by May 11.

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