Brisbane City Hall – How Is It An Engineering Feat?

Opened in 1930, the city hall of Brisbane is the civic pride of the “Brizzies.” The city hall has welcomed many people inside its humble halls and rooms. As one building that has witnessed numerous historical events, this structure has withstood the test of time. It will continue to do so with the help of the city’s engineers. Here are some of the facts about the historical city hall:

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The design was completed by 1909 but was rejected because the building would have cost 180,000 pounds. However, the newer design that included the public hall and council office totaled up to 480,000 pounds. The first foundation stone was laid in 1917 by Sir Hamilton Gould-Adams, well into World War I’s deadly gunfight. The second stone, this time by the Prince of Wales in 1920. The building had cost a whopping 980,000 pounds. As such it was regarded to be one of the most expensive buildings in Australia. This building was also a site where people came for shelter when disasters came. For 60 years, it was the main location for Brisbane City Council employees. Imagine staging an event here as it was for the people of Brisbane. This was also the tallest building for almost 30 years and is now listed as a heritage site.


As the first with the column and beam, it has Corinthian style beams nearly 14 meters high. The clock tower is 92 meters above ground. The best feature? The grand marble staircase it has. The single largest space is in the Main Auditorium called the Copper Dome. It is the largest in all of Australia with 31 meters in diameter. The style of the city hall is mentioned to be “inter-war academic classical”. This is Greek and Ancient Rome combined. This style was popular in the days it was being built. Ashlar Coursed Sandstone is the exterior, the interior used Queensland maple and silky oak timbers. Three different types of marble were used.

Amazing as it is right now, the city’s engineers continue to work to keep it in top shape and away from damage. There many different companies that specialize in structural engineering. Custom houses, infrastructure, even forensics and causality in buildings are tackled by these engineers.  If you plan to build a house or just want to consult with experts, check that you consult the best.

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