INTU VICTORIA CENTRE has announced that the Emett Clock will undergo a makeover and be part of The Rowland Emett Society’s biggest ever exhibition, before returning to the centre once a £40 million remodelling scheme has been completed.
The decision has been taken to retain the iconic clock for customers to enjoy for years to come after the remodelling work is finished. The remodelling will include a new catering cluster with 12 new restaurants, widening and brightening malls, improved customer facilities and introducing new modern entrances to the centre.
Janine Bone, general manager at intu Victoria Centre, said: “We have ambitious plans to ensure intu Victoria Centre has a new modern look and a strong future. An important part of those plans is the preservation of the centre’s important heritage.
“The Emett Clock is a Nottingham landmark and we recognise the emotional attachment and nostalgia surrounding the clock for many of our customers.
“The future of the clock has been extensively considered in our discussions about the remodelling of the centre, and we’re pleased to announce that we plan to retain the clock in a new, prominent position in the centre. This will allow us to retain the clock, as well as opening up the square to hold bigger and better events for our customers.
“We have been very keen to listen to the views of our customers and to deliver on our promise to make a decision on the future of the clock before Christmas. Its exact location has yet to be decided but we’re delighted that the Emett Clock will remain a key feature of the centre,” Janine added.
Remodelling work at the centre is due to start in spring 2014 and be completed in summer 2015. The clock will leave the centre to be part of the exhibition of Rowland Emett’s work, prior to the start of work to avoid any damage and return once the works are completed.
The clock will receive a thorough makeover which will be carried out by The Rowland Emett Society in partnership with intu Victoria Centre. Intu are delighted to be working alongside The Rowland Emett Society to ensure the clock returns to the centre as good as new.
The clock will form part of the exhibition of Rowland Emett’s work at a Birmingham Museum. The exhibition is being organised by The Rowland Emett Society working with the museum.
Tim Griffiths, Founder of The Rowland Emett Society, said: “The work which will be carried out will restore the clock to its former glory. We’re thrilled with the long-term decision to retain the clock at intu Victoria Centre. The time the clock spends being exhibited will give many people the opportunity to see it who haven’t done so before.”
The exhibition is expected to start in April 2014.
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