Nottingham's much-loved Emett Clock is set to make a welcome return to the centre after more than a year of extensive refurbishment.
The clock, which is receiving finishing touches to its restoration thanks to the Rowland Emett Society and the team at intu, will take up a created custom-built new home on the centre’s upper mall, outside the Disney Store.
To protect the clock while remodelling works were carried out at intu Victoria Centre, the clock was transported to Birmingham in February last year where the Rowland Emett Society began work on a thorough makeover.
It then took pride of place at Millennium Point as part of the biggest ever exhibition of Rowland Emett’s work.
Nigel Wheatley, general manager at intu Victoria Centre, said: “We are thrilled to be able to announce that the Emett Clock will be taking up a new, purpose-built position on the centre’s upper mall after some months away on tour and undergoing refurbishment.
“The Emett Clock is a really important part of intu Victoria Centre’s heritage to which the people of Nottingham are very emotionally attached, so we are very much looking forward its return to the centre.
“Relocating the clock has always been an important part of the discussions about the remodelling of the centre and something that we considered carefully.
“Its new home on the upper mall will really allow us to make the most of what is undoubtedly an important Nottingham landmark. The combination of natural light and full ceiling height in this area will come together to give the clock a grand position in the centre, which people will be able to enjoy for many years to come.”
The clock will have a new purpose built water pool, a plaque telling its story and a glass balustrade surround.
Work to return the Emett Clock has already started and is expected to take several weeks as the finishing touches to its makeover are completed.
“The Rowland Emett Society has kindly given the clock a makeover with full consideration to it being just as it was in 1972 when it was first installed. Our customers are going to be in for a real treat when the clock is unveiled” added Nigel.
The clock is expected to be back in the centre by summer 2015.