Present State of the Construction
Currently, major restoration work is underway at the Synagogue. After the first phase of the restoration, the second phase of the restoration will start in 2018. If the administrative part is not delaying this.
The general condition of the electrical equipment, the heating and the sanitary facilities was no longer up to standard and required a complete renovation.
The accessibility must also be improved.
The Synagogue is a public building to which the regional accessibility regulations apply. This must be seen with the Real Estate Heritage Agency and this work is planned in phase 2 of the renovation works.
The following works were carried out in the first phase:
– Lot 1: shell and finish
– Lot 2: sanitary renovation and technical heating works
– Lot 3: electrical works
Due to the bankruptcy of the prime contractor, some works of the first lot have been delayed. An important element of the ritual bath (Mikwa) has yet to be completed. The intention is to finish all this soonest.
Lots 2 and 3 are completed and will be finally delivered in a few weeks. After the meeting of all parties involved in Phase 1, a final report will be prepared and at this point in time the second phase of restoration can begin.
The second phase includes the restoration of:
– the facade (including wrought iron balustrades)
– the roof and repair (and replacement) of the carpentry
– glazing (including stained glass and roof window) must be repaired
– Painting work inside the Synagogue. The intention is to return to the original colors of the year 1911. With this objective, a study has already been made concerning the walls and the report on this subject is in our possession.
– We are waiting for the report from Monumentenwacht to have a definitive overview of the situation.
– All regional regulations must also be respected.
Before the start of the second phase of the restoration work, careful inspection of the roof, trusses, gutters, etc. was carried out in order to have a correct inventory of the work to be done. The completion of this second phase is scheduled for 2019.
Following the retirement of the architect who oversaw the first phase of the restoration, we had to approach a new architectural firm to help us to complete the first phase properly.
Because we have requested that an intervention of the heritage premium be increased to 80% for the second phase of the restoration, a management plan must be drafted.
This also implies that for phase 2, all the parameters of the public tender procedure must be respected.
Via the links below you can find the regulations regarding the appointment of a designer in the case of public contracts.
Better still you find all the model documents via the second website.