Like many heritage buildings, Newcastle City Hall requires considerable maintenance to keep the building true to its historic origins. Recent works have included repairs to the sandstone on the clock tower. From January 2016, Newcastle City Council will embark on more extensive conservation works to the building façade which is estimated to be completed around mid-2017.
The building will continue to operate throughout the restoration period and is open for business.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Restoration Works
What work will be done?
The work involves replacing the exterior sandstone where it has corroded on the building. Works will be focussed on the front of the building (King Street side) and the Wheeler Place side (eastern side). The end result will be visibly restored sandstone and a healthy building for future generations.
Building works will take during work hours from Monday - Friday and from 8am - 1pm on Saturdays. There will no work in the evenings or on Sundays and public holidays.
What does the building look like?
Every effort has been made to keep the building as attractive and accessible as possible for our visitors, with the building wrapped in a print of the building and attractive hoarding erected around the construction site.
How will we access the building?
The King Street entrance (front steps) of the building with be closed from Monday 14 November until March 2017 to enable important work on the entry steps and porte cochere.
Entry to City Hall will be via the eastern entrance (CAC side) and the western entrance (Christie Lane) during the closure. Directional signage will be erected on the hoarding to guide visitors to entry doors.
Will there be any noise issues?
Every effort will be made to ensure noise is kept to a minimum during all confirmed bookings.
How long will the work take?
Based on current work plans, it is estimated that work will continue until mid-2017.