The Emett Clock is set to receive some TLC this week as part of an ongoing maintenance programme to keep it looking as good as new.
During its time away from the centre, the Rowland Emett Society and the team at intu worked together to give the clock an extensive refurbishment – fixing and cleaning its 354 individual pieces to remove 40 years of repainting, grime and corrosion, returning it to the centre looking better than new.
To keep the clock in tip-top condition, the centre will be conducting essential maintenance between 14 and 21 September when the clock will be switched off and its pool drained.
Nigel Wheatley, general manager at intu Victoria Centre, said: “We have been absolutely delighted with the response from our customers about the Emett Clock’s return to the centre and we are committed to making sure that it stays looking just as good as it does now.
“That means we will be undertaking regular maintenance such polishing the copper petals, oiling the butterflies so that they move smoothly, replacing screws and repainting the base of the pond so that it continues to look good well into the future.”
Skilled engineers will be undertaking works including re-varnishing the wooden surrounds, touching up the clock’s base as well as re-polishing some of the intricate pieces.
This ongoing maintenance will ensure that the iconic Nottingham timepiece retains its shine and looks it’s very best.
It was announced at the official opening that Nottingham-based charity ‘When You Wish Upon A Star’ would become the charity of the year, benefitting from the generous donations thrown into the clock’s pool by customers.
“Our customers have been throwing coins into the pond since the clock’s return, so this week we have provided a coin drop for customers to put their donations in, which will sit next to the clock on the upper mall until the clock’s pond is once again full of water.”
The Emett Clock was returned to intu Victoria Centre in June this year following some 18 months away from the centre to help protect it while remodelling works took place at the centre as well as to receive a complete makeover.