Facelift planned for St Albans clock tower

ST Albans’ prestigious clock tower is set to undergo much-needed maintenance work.

Renovations on the 15th-Century building will be carried out by the district council, starting with replacing the wooden louvre slats that cover a number of windows and repointing the brickwork.

At the same time a full survey of the Grade 1 listed building will be undertaken to see if further work is required to ensure it is adequately maintained. Scaffolding will be put up around the building while the work is carried out.

Cllr Sheila Burton, the council’s portfolio holder for culture and heritage, commented: “The Clock Tower is a wonderful medieval building that contributes greatly to our historic city. As the owner, the council is making every effort to ensure that it is properly preserved for future generations to enjoy.”

Local architect Roy Darby has been enlisted by the council to help with the project, together with building firm Bakers of Danbury who specialise in working on historic and listed buildings.