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.

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