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Belfast City Hall to re-open after £11m facelift

By Victoria O’Hara

Belfast’s iconic City Hall is set to re-open next month after a massive £11m facelift.

Following a two-year closure to carry out an extensive refurbishment project, public services are set to return to the building from October 5.

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The multi-million pound project involved major work, including the replacement of heating, mechanical and electrical systems in the building.

Asbestos was also removed as well as re-roofing, drainage improvements and the installation of computer network systems.

Births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships as well as the cemeteries offices will once again be located in the re-opened City Hall.

To celebrate the re-opening of the city landmark, a full programme of public celebrations will begin on October 17, running through until Halloween.

Lord Mayor Naomi Long said that while the transfer of staff and services is now beginning, the offices will not be operational until next month.

“Given the scale of this decant, it will be three weeks before City Hall is fully up and running,” she said.

“2009 has been a momentous year for Belfast with the re-opening of the Ulster Hall, St Malachy's Church, now City Hall and next month's re-opening of the Ulster Museum. How inspiring it is to see so many of the city's iconic buildings open again and enjoying a new lease of life.

“To celebrate the re-opening of City Hall, we have planned an exciting programme of events — offering affordable family fun — all due to start on the weekend of October 17.”

The Alliance councillor added: “Our aim is to highlight the ethos of public ownership of this wonderful building.

“This is everyone’s City Hall and it is hoped that residents from all parts of Belfast will join in the fun throughout the re-opening celebrations.”

A carnival will start the celebration on Saturday, October 17, with a family fun day planned for Sunday, October 18.

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