Speight's Ale House operator Mark Scully surveys the
earthquake reinforcing work that has temporarily closed the
Rattray St restaurant and bar. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
Earthquake strengthening of the historic Speight's
buildings in central Dunedin has been extended to include the
Lion Nathan is earthquake strengthening the Rattray St
buildings as part of the $29 million upgrade of its brewery.
''Seismic strengthening work has been under way for several
months as part of the overall work being done at Speight's
brewery to ensure the whole site is future-proofed,'' Lion
Nathan spokeswoman Judy Walter said.
While most of the work had not impacted on the
restaurant/bar, the final stage required new beams in the
roof and strengthening of the internal walls.
Ale house operator Mark Scully said the Dunedin premises
opened 14 years ago, the first of the franchise to open. It
had been due for a refit but the work was delayed to coincide
with the strengthening work.
A new contemporary style, but keeping the ale house flavour,
was being used for the re-fit, similar to that of the latest
premises in Wanaka, Nelson and Blenheim, he said. It was
hoped to open the new-look restaurant and bar next week.
Ms Walter said the redevelopment of the Speight's site was on
track for completion in December.
The new equipment for the 150-hectolitre brew house was being
installed and tested, with the first brew expected in
mid-October. Sixteen of the 19 vessels in the new tank farm
at the rear of the building were on site and being connected,
Work was also continuing on the restoration of the arched
one-cellar building, with the new roof due to arrive in the