The Government of New South Wales in Australia is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars each week in a massive effort to finish the Sydney Opera House for the opening by Queen Elizabeth next year.
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Background: The Government of New South Wales in Australia is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars each week in a massive effort to finish the Sydney Opera House for the opening by Queen Elizabeth next year.
Costs are mounting as contractors work to meet deadlines for the official opening, set for October 1973.
The Opera House, set prominently on Sydney's Bennelong Point, was originally dust to be completed nine years ago at a coat of 7.2 million Australian dollars (GBP3.3 million sterling). But, to date, nearly one-hundred million dollars have been spent on what is regarded as one of Australia's most spectacular structures.
The concert hall will seat 2700 people and is the most impressive of the interior halls. It contains the world's largest mechanical action pipe organ, which cost about 400,000 dollars. The Pall can be converted for convention purposes with facilities for five-language translations.
The glittering exterior "skin" of the Opera House is made of about one-million titles, covering about four acres. The tiles were imported from Sweden.
Some observers are now forecasting that the total cost of the Opera House complex could reach as high as 150-million Aust. dollars (GBP72 million sterling) -- a far cry from the estimates made soon after the design of Denmark's Joern Utzon was selected in 1957.
SYNOPSIS: The spectacular structure of the Opera House, on the shores of Sydney Harbour in Australia. Originally estimated to cost just over 7-million Australian dollars, it has so far had nearly one-hundred million dollars spent on it -- and it's still not finished. At present, the New South Wales Government is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars every week to finish the building in time for the opening in October next year.
Work is progressing now to finish the roof line and to complete the laying of seventeen-hundred panes of glass, covering an acre and a half. The most impressive of the interior halls is the main concert hall which will seat two-thousand-seven-hundred people. With special lighting and acoustic rings, called "clouds", the hall is of world standard. It can also be converted for convention purposes with facilities for five-language translations.
The glittering "skin" of the building is made of about one-million tiles. They cover an area of four acres. The tiles were imported from Sweden in two types to give the distinctive roof pattern.
Much work still has to be done, and some observers are predicting that the total cost of the Opera House could reach one-hundred-and-fifty-million dollars.