Newcastle - City Hall restoration

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As one of our city’s most iconic heritage buildings, Newcastle City Hall speaks volumes of our proud past and who we are as a city. Opened in 1929, it is one of Newcastle’s most prestigious buildings and the heart of historic Civic Precinct.

We have been undertaking much needed conservation work on the historic building since 2009 with extensive restoration on the eastern facade, the clocktower and the southern facade including driveway ramps all complete. The large-scale restoration protects the heritage of the State Heritage listed building and helps reduce on-going maintenance costs. 

Work to refurbish the western sandstone façade of the iconic building is underway and includes windows, lead flashing, waterproof membranes, timber doors and lighting. 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 current 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.

Visit the City Hall website for more information on the history of this important building

Project updates

Sandstone supply

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. Find out more information on yellowblock sandstone.

A unique and prestigous venue

City Hall is a unique and prestigous venue hosting a variety of Civic, community and private events such as concerts and live performances, 
confereances, awards dinners, seminars and weddings.

The restoration has minimal impact on the operation of City Hall with functions and events continuing as normal. Find out more about City Hall as a venue to hire.

Construction hours

Building works primarily 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.