Town House roof works update

The repair and renewal of the Town House is an extremely complex and extensive project, involving not just the roof but the ornate clock tower and spire.

Access to the roof space and tower was extremely limited initially as the roof was covered for safety reasons, but close inspection once the scaffolding was set up subsequently revealed the true extent of the works required.

Careful work needs to be carried out on the 150-year-old A-listed building to renew slating and replace rotten woodwork and to replace ironwork and lead detailing, some of which is believed to be unique in the UK.

The Town House is one of the most cherished buildings in Aberdeen and a vital part of the city's heritage. The repairs and renovations must be comprehensive and of the highest quality, as befits a structure which is close to the hearts of all Aberdonians.

Aberdeen City Council must also be mindful of the cost to the public purse when carrying out its duty to preserve the building, and is seeking to find the most cost-effective way possible to complete the vital works, including on the tower. The works on the contract have not stopped, meantime, and the contractor will continue with work on the lower roofs.

Officials will continue to work closely with all parties involved to reach a resolution which will ensure that one of the Granite City's finest buildings is further preserved for generations to come.