Cape Town's City Hall closed as R27m revamp gets underway

2017-07-11 09:30 - Ishani Chetty
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Cape Town - The City hall is undergoing renovations of its auditorium and will be closed from September 2017 until June 2018. These renovations are said to be extensive and will provide the City Hall with a 'new lease on life'. 

Planned Renovations

The building was constructed in 1905 and due to its ageing infrastructure requires a detailed upgrade to ensure that it maintains its functionality.

The City of Cape Town ensures that the Municipal court on the ground floor will not be closed during this time - it will continue its operations as normal. 

Focus will be placed on renovating the auditorium and will consist of a total revamp. The seating will be replaced, floor restoration, paintings of the auditorium, mechanical ventilation and installation of a public address system. All the moldings, stage and backstage area will be restored and repaired.

Safety was also a key motivating factor for the renovations, due to the age of the City Hall building. The repairs will ensure that the City Hall is compliant with the national safety regulations that are stipulated in the Safety at Sports and Recreational Events Act.   

"The building is more than 100 years old, therefore the repairs and restoration work have become quite urgent", states City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Assets and Facilities Management, Councillor Stuart Diamond.

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The urgency for ensuring that the renovations takes place stems from the need to improve the building structure and to be on par with the City's Organizational Development and Transformation Plan.

'The only way the work can be done is to close down the venue to allow the restorers to undertake the work uninterrupted and with great care. We also need to optimise our key strategic assets as outlined in the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan', Diamond further added.

Achieving optimal use means ensuring that the venue is maintained to a standard. There is increasing interest in this iconic building as a venue for a variety of events,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Assets and Facilities Management, Councillor Stuart Diamond.

The total cost of this renovation is set to be R27 million that will be spread across a three-year period.  

The City’s Property Management Department would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused. We look forward to the revealing of the City Hall once renovations are done. 

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