Aberdeen Town House – Restoring an Icon

Posted on March 22nd 2016

by News

Work is being carried out on the 150-year-old A-listed building to preserve many of the buildings of its features, some of which are believed to be unique in the UK.

Aberdeen City Council’s Design Team have been working closely with Planners, Historic Scotland and the main contractor John Fulton, Plumber, to ensure original designs and features of the Town House are fully restored.

Using highly skilled tradesmen the renovations are helping both preserve and upskill a specialist building trade that has diminished with modern building techniques.

Lord Provost, George Adam “The repairs are being carried out on the Town House to preserve it for the city for another 150 years.The building and its spire are an iconic part of Aberdeen and its skyline, which we hope will remain for generations to come.”

Yesterday (Monday 21st) a time capsule has been installed in the clock tower to replace one found from 1883.Contents include letters from Thomas Coutts (11YO pr7) and Amina Akchuria (11YO pr7) both from Hanover Street School who wrote about what Aberdeen will be like in 100 years. The capsule also included a letter from the Lord Provost George Adam, a copy of the 1883 letter found in the original capsule and newspapers from both 1883 and 2016.

The current estimated construction cost of the repairs to the Town House Roof is £3,497,000. Finance, Policy and Resources Committee on 15th September 2015 agreed a budget for the Town House repairs of up to £4.2m.This budget includes all other corporate charges