Earthquake-strengthening of the former Arrowtown borough council building, now business premises, is expected to finish this week. Photo by James Beech.
The former Arrowtown borough council building is the first
stone heritage building to undergo earthquake-strengthening
for preservation and public safety in the township.
Scaffolding adorns the exterior of the privately-owned
building, in the same row as the gold miners' cottages in
Cook Brothers Construction business development director
Simon Glass, of Queenstown, said the $35,000 week-long
project involved installing a steel structure around the
interior of the perimeter walls, fixed to the blocked-off
A dozen galvanised rods through drilled holes will secure the
facade. All new steel will be tidied under a concrete parapet
cap, which will be plastered and painted to blend in with the
Mr Glass said the Dunedin-headquartered construction company
was beginning to pick up more earthquake-strengthening
contracts and had worked in the Jade Factory, Arrowtown, and
in the historic Bank of New Zealand building in Princes St,
The borough council building was originally and briefly a
Masonic lodge when it was built in the mid-1870s.
It then became council chambers until 1989 when borough and
county councils were amalgamated into larger districts.
Records in the Lakes District Museum, Arrowtown, reveal the
building became the village's first medical centre in the
late 1980s, then an engineering firm's office.
It is now a health spa.