110-year-old Durban City Hall to get a makeover

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eThekwini City Hall.
eThekwini City Hall.

The iconic Durban City Hall is set to undergo major renovations after engineers identified deterioration and several structural defects in the 110-year-old building.

According to a report tabled to the eThekwini executive committee on Tuesday, a group of structural, mechanical and electrical engineers; quantity surveyors and architects commissioned by the City to do a conditional assessment, found that the hall was due for major upgrades.

The report stated that some fixtures and structures within the hall had exceeded their lifespan. “Some of the critical items that need to be upgraded or replaced are: ceiling, roof and timber, structures; domestic pipes and plumbing works; floorboards and wooden windows frames; fire detection system and fire protection system as well as poor ventilation within the building,” the report said.

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