Ealing Town Hall restoration given royal dedication

A paving stone dedicating the restoration of Ealing Town Hall to HM Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee was unveiled by the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London, Sir David Brewer, on Monday.

During a short ceremony outside Ealing Town Hall, the paving stone was unveiled by Sir David in front of the Mayor of Ealing, Councillor Mohammad Aslam, leader of the council, Councillor Julian Bell, and Martin Smith, chief executive of Ealing Council.

The Grade II listed Victorian building has been the centre of many events over the years and the clock tower and spire are important local landmarks. The last major repairs to the building took place in 1989 and some of the façade’s important architectural features had started to deteriorate.

The £800,000 restoration sought to repair this damage and bring the building back to its former glory. The whole programme is now on the shortlist for the London region Building Conservation 2013 Award from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

The paving stone now permanently placed outside the town hall is inscribed as follows:

The restoration of Ealing Town Hall
        completed June 2012
        In commemoration of
        The Diamond Jubilee
    Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
            1952- 2012

Councillor Julian Bell said: "Ealing town hall is one of our most iconic buildings and I’m immensely proud to see the sensitive and skilled restoration dedicated to Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Even in tough economic times, the council has a duty to preserve its history for generations to come and I am delighted that it is once again safe for local people to enjoy."