Parts of the Dunedin Gasworks Museum do not comply with
modern earthquake standards. Photo from ODT files.
At least $2 million will be needed to safeguard the
future of weak or leaking buildings at the Dunedin Gasworks
Museum, and more funds are being sought from the Dunedin City
Council, heritage advocates say.
Ann Barsby, of the Gasworks Trust, said a preliminary
application already had been made to the city council,
through its annual plan process, seeking about $2 million
over the next five years.
More than $1 million was needed to protect the main engine
house building- the roof of which had been prone to leaking -
and associated buildings.
If further leaking occurred ''that's when things deteriorate
very quickly,'' she said.
That building, housing much of the working gasworks
equipment, did not fully comply with modern earthquake
It was believed that brick repointing and other work, perhaps
amounting to as much as $100,000 worth, would also needed to
be done to protect a tall and distinctive brick chimney on
the site (pictured above).
On top of that, a storage building was needed, to protect
some of the museum's heritage treasures.
The city council's property department had recently
commissioned a structural engineering report, being
undertaken by Lou Robinson, and a conservation plan for the
future was being prepared by archaeologist and museum board
member Peter Petchey, she said.
Also, a fuller submission from the board would be made soon,
Mrs Barsby said.
Some ''very encouraging'' progress had recently been made
with the museum, and a key turning point had come when the
$900,000 restoration of the museum's fitting shop had been
completed in 2011, with strong backing from the city council.
The council was providing strong overall support, but it was
crucial to maintain the momentum in safeguarding the other
buildings and structures at the museum site, with work
undertaken in phases, over several years.
All buildings at the Braemar St museum site are owned by the
council and are ranked as nationally significant, enjoying
category 1 status, the highest level of Historic Places Trust
The museum, regarded by international heritage advocate Sir
Neil Cossons as the finest working gasworks museum of its
kind in the world, was showcased at a big national industrial
heritage conference last year.