Facelift for Square timekeeper
‘‘It is certainly due for some freshening up but we’re not planning to use any radical colours.’’ John Brenkley
Time has had its relentless way with the city’s central timepiece, and The Square’s clock tower is now getting a freshen up.
The city council’s John Brenkley says scaffolding was erected on Monday so that the 30-metre tower can be cleaned and repainted.
‘‘We’re expecting the job to take about ten days weather permitting,’’ John says. ‘‘The work will include chemical cleaning, a low pressure wash, priming, and applying a waterproof membrane.’’
Don’t expect any drastic colour scheme change, though.
‘‘It is certainly due for some freshening up but we’re not plan- ning to use any radical colours. The clock tower will be painted the same shade of white.’’
The tower was last painted during a comprehensive $1.7 million rebuild in 2007as part of the redevelopment of The Square. With that amount of time between drinks, there’s a big thirst to slake, and the tower is expected to soak up some 220 litres of paint.
Built in 1957 to house the English-made 1906 Joyce Turret clock and chimes that were removed from the Post Office cupola after the 1942 Wairarapa earthquake, its six-metre high lantern was added to replace the cross that was toppled off the tower by a gust of wind in 2006.