The City of Newcastle unveiled a newly restored section of City Hall, part of external restoration works.
City Hall Project Manager Matthew Bennet and Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes at the newly-opened south ramp
Hoarding was removed from the south-eastern vehicle ramp and facade along King Street, and a newly-built driveway. The footpath is re-opened to pedestrians.
We are painstakingly restoring this 1929 heritage building to endure as the Civic Precinct’s showpiece, and the latest section is a major milestone in the project," Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said.
This large-scale conservation work is ensuring City Hall stands strong and proud in a pivotal precinct that will quickly grow in stature as a cultural and hospitality hub following last week’s announcement of Newcastle’s first five-star hotel in the Roundhouse building.
The hotel’s future guests will behold the beauty of City Hall from the comfort of their accommodation and tell their friends and relatives about it when they return home."
High quality self-colouring sandstone material has been used to replace ageing and damaged parts of the building, with the Sydney basin ‘Yellowblock’ sandstone excavated from a building site in George Street, Sydney.
The use of high-quality material is for longevity and to reduce future building maintenance.
While the south-eastern hoarding is down, retractable bollards remain at the base of the ramp to prevent vehicle access until the remaining work finishes on the southern façade.
Work to conserve the western and northern facade continues, with eastern construction compound still in place.
For more information on this project, visit the City Hall Restoration website.