Scaffolding is to surround the Grade I listed building for work to repair damage to the building's roof, which will continue until early next year.Urgent restoration work at Rochdale Town Hall begins this week.
Scaffolding is to surround the Grade I listed building for work to repair damage to the building's roof, which will continue until early next year.
Wear and tear on the roof over the years has led to small leaks, which could damage heritage features inside the building if left untreated.
Staff from English Heritage are to work at the 142-year-old site with builders and council staff, as well as the Rochdale Development Agency.
They will remove around 30 tonnes of slate tiles from the roof, many of which have been dislodged over time, before repairing the timber underneath.
Replacement roof tiles are being sourced from Burlington Slate quarry in Kirby in Furness, from where the slates were taken when the roof was originally constructed in 1870.
They will also source oak timber to tie in with the building's Victorian design and the scaffolding will be free standing to avoid any damage to the building.
Coun Martin Burke, cabinet member for arts and heritage, said: “This is a really exciting project because it will ensure our greatest treasure is protected for future generations to enjoy.
“We have worked hard with key interested parties, including English Heritage, to ensure that every aspect of this project is undertaken in a way that will preserve the unique and stunning features of this building, which we are incredibly proud of.”
The project is expected to be completed around the end of January next year.
Once the roof is completed, other works, including rewiring, will take place.
The town hall will remain open throughout with tours and events continuing as usual.
A small number of parking spaces will be out of use.