Facelift for Square time­keeper

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS -

‘‘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.

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