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Lord Mayor moves back to City Hall

20 December, 2012

Lord Mayor moves back to City Hall

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk moved back into City Hall today (Thursday, 20 December) marking another milestone in the three-year restoration.

Cr Quirk said the $215 million project remained on time and on budget, and was now about 90 per cent complete.

“More than 1.5 million man hours have gone into the refurbishment to date, with little more than 10 per cent of work now left to be done,” he said.

“This restoration was about preserving the heritage of our city and making the ‘people’s place’ somewhere for everyone to enjoy.

“Heritage architects have gone to great lengths to research the materials and colours used back in the day and replicate them where possible.”

Cr Quirk said his new office was reminiscent of the décor from when City Hall was originally opened in 1930.

The Lord Mayor’s offices were the only rooms in the building which originally had wallpaper, and the woven material wallpaper used for the recent restoration is of a similar feel and colour.

Heritage architects believe the Lord Mayor's desk dates back to the 1910s and may have belonged to a former Lord Mayor before being moved into City Hall. It was still in good condition; all that had to be done was a light sanding down and re-polish.

Other areas of City Hall which have been finished and are now occupied include the Lord Mayor’s administration offices and the Deputy Mayor’s office.

By the end of the month the Main Auditorium, the King George Square and Ann Street foyers plus some of the venue spaces such as the Balmoral Suites will also be completed.

As part of the restoration team’s efforts to maintain City Hall’s heritage, cobblestones dating back to the 1880s that were discovered under the Main Auditorium in the second year of the restoration are currently being carefully laid in the Enoggera Courtyard.

Community groups such as the 50+ Centre will return to a dedicated space in the building from February next year.

The Red Cross Café and Shingle Inn will start their fit-out works in February and both will open to the public in April.

City Hall’s official rededication ceremony will be held on April 6, 2013.

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