“The restoration of this beautiful building, due to be completed in….”

Another example of the kind of openness, transparency, and forward-planning that makes Derry City Council the local government it is…  They’re moving to facilitate restoration work.   And the BBC reports that the £3million Guildhall Restoration Project, on which work began in August 2010, is not expected to allow the 19th Century Guildhall to re-open until Spring 2013 – well into Londonderry’s year-long reign as the first UK City of Culture.

From the BBC report

The Mayor of Derry, Alderman Maurice Devenney, said that the public were aware of the closure and understood it had to be done.

“I think nearly everyone knows now that the Guildhall will be early spring before it’s open,” he said.

“We have made people aware of that this last year or so. There is no negativity coming back about that at all.”

Odd then that they’ve yet to include that detail in the information on the Guildhall Restoration Project…

As part of our City of Culture bid we were asked to examine and value our past. The restoration of this beautiful building, due to be completed in…., connects us to a century ago, when the city was also buzzing with optimism for the future, and safeguards the Guildhall’s future for generations to come. [added emphasis]

[Have they told the organisers? – Ed]  According to the BBC report

The City of Culture promoters declined to comment on the closure of the Guildhall but did say they were “delighted” the building was getting a facelift.

[2013 is guaranteed to be a great success… – Ed]  Just one other point to note…

PLEASE NOTE: The Harbour Museum will close to the public on 16th December, 2011.

[Any indication of when it will re-open? – Ed]  No.

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  • John Ó Néill

    The closure of the Harbour Museum has echoes of what happened with the Ulster Museum. Better planning would have allowed an alternative venue to temporarily house displays and promote that venue (in the case of UM a city centre venue to then become a Belfast City museum might have been a good project). Obviously, no lessons get learnt…

  • The Raven

    I don’t really mind about this at all. Better this than…oooh..I don’t know tearing it down and building apartments.

    In their defence, and I ask these, not knowing the answers:

    Is there grant, with letters of offer and completion dates, attached to this work? It may be that the timeline of these offered no choice.

    And speaking of timelines, perhaps this work cannot be delayed any further, even if it is only 12 months. The admittedly-scant detail of the link mentions roof work…

    I note that one link mentions stonework and stained glass. Having been in the proximity of the restoration of both, it’s worth noting that it’s painstaking. In the glass example I had the privilege of witnessing, one 14ft window took eight months, with three people working on it.

    Shame about the completion, but sure…it could be worse…like an Olympic swimming pool not ready for the opening of the Olympics. Heaven forbid.

  • Cynic2

    None of our Councils seems capable of delivering any major project

  • The Raven

    Cynic, that’s just churlish nonsense, and you know it.