Guildford Hotel on the road to repair

The historic Guildford Hotel now has a complete foof after seven years without.
The historic Guildford Hotel now has a complete foof after seven years without.

THE Guildford Hotel finally has a roof after nearly seven years exposed to the elements.

The heritage hotel’s restoration is now making significant progress, after fears it had served its final beer in 2008 when it was nearly destroyed by a fire.

But tonight Guildford Hotel owner-developer Luke Martino and East Metropolitan MLC Alyssa Hayden tightened the last bolt on the building’s roof structure.

“We are delighted with the progress,” Mr Martino said.

“We have stayed committed to the outcome of building the hotel, despite the odd stumbling block, and we are very thankful for the support we have received.

Mr Martino also said the proposed apartment development at the rear of the hotel site was important in ensuring the longevity of the entire development

“With the ongoing support of all stakeholders, we are confident that we can keep the positive momentum of the project going forward,” he said.

The apartment development has been contentious and a public meeting to determine whether a zoning change to enable it will be held on June 24.

The project to restore the 1886 hotel has faced significant challenges so far.

Project architect Kylee Schoonens said the builders had done a great job on an “extremely problematic building”.

“It has been an exciting process to be part of and the project will continue to gather momentum over the coming months as the fit-out works commence,” she said.

“Completing the installation of the roof is a fantastic achievement from all involved and is a major milestone that is worthy of celebration.”

“We are sure there will still be many obstacles ahead of us but our team is more than ready to face up to those challenges head on.”

Next on the list is the steelworks for the iconic belvedere and restoring timber window frames.