Old Municipal Building (Town Hall) restoration

  • Project typeRestoration work
  • Project scheduleWork to commence in October 2022
An image showing fire at the Old Town Hall building on Bank Street.

Restoration work on the Old Town Hall building is due to commence in October 2022. The building consent will be lodged in August 2022. Once approval for the contracts is received, the project will go to Council for approval in September 2022.

Repair work

The repair and upgrade work includes:

  • Full reinstatement of all fire damaged areas
  • Replacement of entire roof
  • Seismic strengthening to meet current building standards
  • Redesign of layout as a whole to include enhancement around accessibility, meeting space
  • Safe entry and exit to and from the rear car park as well as Bank Street  
  • Installation of a new lift to allow better access to the upper levels of the building

Throughout the process, Heritage NZ have been consulted and engaged to ensure the heritage 'feel and fabric' of the building remains. This has been made more complex by finding cost efficient solutions to satisfy the Building Code requirements, particularly in regard to fire safety, retaining the heritage features of the building at the same time and keeping constructability in mind which is complex and challenging.

Delays in restoration

The insurance payment took 18 months to process and finalise. This delayed the design and development of the repair plans significantly.

Further interruptions and delays in supply chain were caused by COVID-19 lockdowns. In November 2021, architects and engineers were engaged to provide the detailed design.

Location

71 Bank Street, Whangārei 0110  View Map

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