City Hall upgrades: roof is next

2016-04-05 06:00

The City Hall is scheduled for an upgrade of the roof and rainwater system in the next financial year.

Originally covered in slate tiles, the upgrade will require permission and approval from Heritage Western Cape before any work can start.

Mayco member for tourism, events and economic development, Garreth Bloor, says the professional services team is finalising the cost estimates and the repairs will be carried out in the 2016/2017 financial year.

“A permit from Heritage Western Cape is required,” he says.

This follows an R8m upgrade to the iconic building (“Lighting up”, People’s Post, 14 October 2014), which included maintenance to the wooden floors, hallways and exhibition spaces as well as rainwater drainage.

City Hall upgrades have also been complemented by a R1m upgrade to improve security and accessibility to Grand Parade (R1m upgrade planned for city landmark, People’s Post, 2 September 2014).

Recent maintenance has also been carried out on the clock at the City Hall, as the City of Cape Town undertook emergency repairs on the iconic City Hall clock after it stopped working in November 2013, and had been operated manually for short periods until the fault was addressed and repaired.

The clock in the turret is modelled on London’s Big Ben and is exactly half the size. It strikes the hours and chimes the Westminster Quarters.

The City published plans to refurbish and restore the property in 2010 under the supervision of a steering committee.

The City Hall was built in 1905, from limestone imported from Bath, England, and the specifications for the organ were drawn up by Sir George Martin, organist of St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.