The City's work to conserve one of Australia's most iconic heritage buildings will continue after Council recently endorsed new lighting of Sydney Town Hall and a scope of works for the restoration of its stone faÃ§ade.
The external works recommended will commence later this year. The stone faÃ§ade and timber windows will be restored and cleaned. The clock tower will be restored and existing steel bracing will be reinforced to prevent cracking of the belfry columns, Corinthian capitals and the dome. The 130 year old Town Hall clock is one of only two such clocks in Australia, the other at Camden NSW.
Energy efficient lighting will be installed to illuminate the Town Hall after dark.
This work follows the $40 million internal restoration which including upgrade of essential services, internal safety and fire services. This work brought the 140 year old building into the 21st century with energy efficient lighting with smart sensors, new stormwater infrastructure, solar panels on the roof and a climate control system that uses 30 per cent less power. Internal work continues with the refurbishment of the Grand Organ, one of the worlds largest with more than 8,700 pipes.
The civic heart of Sydney, Sydney Town Hall is a stunning and versatile building with 360,000 visitors each year. The building hosts corporate and charity functions, school speech days, university graduations, meetings and conferences, concerts, fashion parades and community events.