The windows, lead flashings, waterproof membranes, timber doors and sandstone cladding on the eastern and southern sides of Newcastle City Hall have all been restored as part of this significant conservation project.
Work to refurbish the western sandstone façade of the iconic building is underway and includes windows, lead flashing, waterproof membranes, timber doors and lighting. Reconstruction of the vehicle ramps is nearing completion. We're also working on the northern façade, including restoration of windows, repairing of rendered wall finishes and repainting. This stage of the restoration project is expected to be finished in the first half of 2020.
The conservation work is being undertaken by Stone Mason and Artist Pty Ltd, who were responsible for the City Hall clock tower restoration.
This large-scale restoration will reduce future maintenance costs and is part of the City Hall Conservation Management Plan adopted in 2008.
Replacement sandstone for City Hall conservation work must be a very high quality oxidizing (self-colouring) Sydney basin 'Yellowblock' sandstone sourced from an excavation site in George Street, Sydney.
More information on yellowblock sandstone
Continued operation of City Hall
Impacts to the operation of City Hall will be minimal with functions and events to continue as normal.
Building works will take place during work hours from Monday - Friday and from 8am - 1pm on Saturdays. There will not be any work in the evenings or on Sundays and public holidays.
The eastern entrance to City Hall is now open following the refurbishment of the stones around the doorway and construction of a new access ramp. The Christie Street entry on the western side of the building and the main King Street entry are also open for public access.
Scaffolding surrounds the western and northern facades of City Hall and the construction compound on the eastern side of the building will remain until completion of the project in the first half of 2020.