Questions over King’s Lynn Town Hall brick mix-up

King's Lynn Town Hall. ANL-140220-150246001
King's Lynn Town Hall. ANL-140220-150246001
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Part of the work on a multi-million pound re-development of Lynn’s town hall will have to be re-done after the wrong bricks were used, it has emerged.

West Norfolk Council chiefs say they are in talks with contractors after the mix-up relating to work on the mayor’s garage at the site was discovered.

But councillors have been told that it could cost up to £8,000 to source the right bricks.

The work was undertaken as part of the £2.6 million Stories of Lynn project, which is intended to open more of the complex’s heritage to the public. And the issue was raised during the borough council’s meeting in the town hall on Thursday evening.

Labour’s Sandra Collop said: “I have heard they’ve had to pull it down because it’s not in keeping with the building. Is this true?”

Elizabeth Nockolds, the authority’s portfolio holder for culture, heritage and health, told the meeting that the work had initially been checked by Heritage Lottery officials, who have provided £1.8 million towards the cost of the project.

She said: “Our conservation officer noticed it was not the same brick as the town hall, so it was agreed to replace the outer brick.”

She added that, while negotiations are continuing with the contractor, replacement bricks would cost up to £8,000.

But Labour leader John Collop wanted to know who was responsible for the error in the first place. He said: “It’s a major project.

“I would have thought it would be looked into and made sure they matched up to what we have at the town hall.

“Was it a contractor or a council mistake?”

Mrs Nockolds said: “We are in discussions with the contractor and designer.

“We know the details were in the plan.” And Conservative backbencher Mark Shorting also defended the administration’s record.

He said: “When I was voting in here 12 years ago, this town hall was nearly falling down.”

Work on the Stories of Lynn project, which began in April, is due to be completed by next spring.

And Mrs Nockolds said the project’s future was secure, despite the prospect of budget cuts for the museums sector in Norfolk, including at Lynn Museum, as four years worth of funding had been budgeted for.