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Municipal Building gets a make-over

 
This page contains information about Whangarei's Old Municipal building (Town Hall) getting a make-over.
Updated: 13/09/2017 2:07 p.m.

​Whangarei’s Old Municipal Building, also known as the Town Hall, is looking rather dapper these days, thanks to a makeover supervised by WDC’s community property team. 

The building at 71 Bank St has Group B historic building classification and is of historic heritage value to the District. Noteworthy character features of the building are the fine detailing, scrolls and the coat of arms. WDC’s District Plan requires buildings of this classification to be maintained for future generations. 

Special rules around repairs, maintenance and alterations must be followed to preserve the original style and character of the building.

In the past few months its parapets and gutters have been re-modelled to stop leaks.  This involved careful design to ensure a modern solution, while maintaining the building’s heritage façade. 

The building was scaffolded and wrapped while the old sash windows were repaired and the exterior was repainted by local companies, using heritage colours. 

The work was part of an ongoing programme which, over the years, has included a seismic upgrade.  The interior is to be painted in future, maintaining the character of the building enjoyed by community groups and non-profit organisations based there.

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