REFORM work being carried out on the historic La Lonja building in Palma at a cost of 2.4 million euros, is due to be finished next summer but with modifications to the original project.

A Project Steering Committee, headed up by regional Education and Culture Minister, Barbara Galmes, yesterday presented the proposed changes which will affect the Gothic roof of the building to the Heritage Council.

Galmes explained that the first project for the remodelling work which was agreed between the Balearic government and Central Government's Ministry for Public Works, originally included a copper and tile roof but according to architects, the weight of the material would have proved too great for the building. The Project Steering Committee then proposed that the roofing be covered with a special waterproof mortar and much lighter tiles, in keeping with the design by the architect, Sagrera.