EALING Town Hall’s recent spruce-up has been shortlisted for a prestigious prize.
The £800,000 restoration scheme is in the running for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ (RICS) London region Building Conservation 2013 Award.
The Grade II Listed Victorian building has been the centrepoint for countless events over the years and the clock tower and spire are important landmarks.
But pollution and inappropriate past repair from the 1950s meant some of the facade’s architectural features had started to deteriorate.
The latest works sought to repair this damage while retaining many of the original building materials.
Stained glass windows were also restored and historical paint analysis was used to make sure that the redecoration was authentic. If the project wins, it will be automatically entered into the competition to win the RICS Project of the Year 2013.
A specially inscribed paving stone, dedicating the restorations to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee, will be permanently placed outside the town hall on May 13.
Julian Bell , leader of Ealing Council, said: “I’m delighted, on behalf of the people of Ealing, to dedicate the restoration works to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.
“Ealing Town Hall is one of the borough’s most important landmarks. It is a prominent reminder of our history and Victorian heritage, which we have a duty to preserve. It has been restored very sympathetically and is, once again, safe for people to use and enjoy.
“My congratulations go out to our property services team on a job well done.”