Final piece of historic clock tower restored

Clock tower's $890k restoration complete

NICOLE MATHEWSON
Last updated 17:45 20/08/2014
JOHN KIRK-ANDERSON/Fairfax NZ

The Christchurch City Council has spent $892,000 restoring the Victoria St tower after Canterbury's earthquakes, with workers putting the final piece the steel spire back on.

Victoria Clock Tower
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BACK TOGETHER: The spire is replaced on the repaired and strengthened clock tower on Victoria Street.

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The final piece of Christchurch's historic Victoria Clock Tower has been restored three-and-a-half years after it was damaged in the February 2011 earthquake.

The Christchurch City Council spent $892,000 restoring the Victoria St tower, with workers putting the final piece - the steel spire - back on this afternoon. 

Most of the money for the restoration came from insurance proceeds.

The clock tower was built in 1897 to mark the 60th anniversary of Queen Victoria's reign and was regarded as one of Christchurch's most treasured heritage landmarks. 

Council facilities rebuild manager Darren Moses said a complex steel girdle was built first to aid removal of the tower legs.

Reinforced foundations and base legs were then constructed, followed by further steel strengthening work and restoration of the stone, timber and glassworks. 

The tower was finished with high-quality plaster inside, while the final piece involved rebuilding and replacing the spire.

Moses said fences around the tower would be removed once landscaping work was completed in about a month. 

More fences would then be installed in front of Victoria Mansions as the building was earthquake-prone and undergoing repair, he said.

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