City councillors agree £350k repair bill for storm-damaged civic centre clock tower

The Civic Centre clock tower

The Civic Centre clock tower

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COUNCILLORS have given the green light to a £350,000 urgent repair bill for Southampton’s damaged Civic Centre clock tower.

Last night Southampton City Council recommended a repair scheme worth a total of £351,000 after a violent storm caused extensive damage to the iconic monument on Christmas Eve.

As reported by the Daily Echo, the storm blew off a third of the building’s copper roof and its bells were put out of action after one of the tower’s main beams was damaged.

The recommendations were put forward by the council’s Cabinet member for resources, Cllr Stephen Barnes-Andrews, at last night’s meeting of the Cabinet.

He said: “If it had blown off during the day it would have been very serious. I would like to pay tribute to the fire service who did an absolutely sterling job.

“It’s an important part of the city. It is a landmark and I feel duty-bound to put it right.”

Work is expected to begin within the next few weeks, which will see a huge scaffold put over the 156ft tall tower to allow builders to carry out the work.

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12:15pm Wed 19 Mar 14

townieboy says...

Amazing they can find funds for this in a flash yet trying to stop illegal parking in Golden Grove they have no cash to improve things. stupid clock that no one needs is a priorty, i think NOT.
Amazing they can find funds for this in a flash yet trying to stop illegal parking in Golden Grove they have no cash to improve things. stupid clock that no one needs is a priorty, i think NOT. townieboy
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1:24pm Wed 19 Mar 14

good-gosh says...

Where does £350K come from? How long to put the scaffold up? 14 days? How long to repair the roof? One week? Another few days to repair the bell beam and 2 weeks to take the scaffold down. 1.1/2 months of work for 1/2 doz people should cost about £35K – one tenth of the quote. Have I missed anything? PS – don’t do it in April – too windy.
Where does £350K come from? How long to put the scaffold up? 14 days? How long to repair the roof? One week? Another few days to repair the bell beam and 2 weeks to take the scaffold down. 1.1/2 months of work for 1/2 doz people should cost about £35K – one tenth of the quote. Have I missed anything? PS – don’t do it in April – too windy. good-gosh
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2:39pm Wed 19 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

They can get it all on tick. Respect your heritage.
They can get it all on tick. Respect your heritage. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 3

7:51pm Wed 19 Mar 14

bazzeroz says...

Is it not insured against this sort of damage? And yes, 350k is a lot over the top surely (and don't call me Shirley!!) Hey ho, the council finds funds for this but not for worthwhile causes. Typical!!
Is it not insured against this sort of damage? And yes, 350k is a lot over the top surely (and don't call me Shirley!!) Hey ho, the council finds funds for this but not for worthwhile causes. Typical!! bazzeroz
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