21 DCC buildings likely earthquake-prone so far

The Maori Hill Coronation Hall, Sammy’s and the University Oval grandstand at Logan Park are...
The Maori Hill Coronation Hall, Sammy’s and the University Oval grandstand at Logan Park are among 21 Dunedin City Council buildings likely to be assessed as earthquake-prone. PHOTO: PETER MCINTOSH
Sammy's, the University Oval grandstand and Maori Hill Coronation Hall headline a list of 21 Dunedin City Council buildings considered to be earthquake-prone.

The council has started work to identify earthquake-prone buildings across the city, and assessments had already been completed for 63 council-owned buildings.

Reports on 21 of these showed they were likely to be classified as earthquake-prone, a list which also included the Caledonian grandstand, the Moana Pool hydroslides, the Caledonian Gymnasium and the Andersons Bay Crematorium building.

The list was topped up with a variety of council owned clubrooms, changing rooms, storage and commercial buildings.

The other 42 buildings assessed were not earthquake-prone, the Dunedin Railway Station being included in this group.

Council chief executive Sandy Graham said Dunedin had been classified as a low seismic risk area, and the council , as the regulator, had until 2032 to identify earthquake-prone buildings.

If buildings were classified as such there would be a period of 35 years allowed to undertake strengthening work to bring them up to the new building standards.

‘‘It's important to remember that just because a building is earthquake-prone, it doesn't mean it's dangerous or can't be used as normal.’’

In the case of Moana Pool, the hydroslides were the only part of the complex that was considered earthquake-prone, and there were already plans in motion for those to be replaced in 2022.

There were an estimated 3000 buildings that were likely to require assessment, and building owners will be contacted by the council's building services team if theirs requires an assessment.

Building consent fees will be waived for applications for earthquake strengthening work for earthquake-prone buildings, and owners of heritage buildings could apply to the Dunedin Heritage Fund for funding for remedial work.

Affected buildings must display a notice proclaiming their earthquake-prone status until strengthening work had been completed, and they were entered on a national register of such buildings.

At a glance

DCC buildings believed to be earthquake-prone.

1. Andersons Bay Crematorium building.
2. 105 Andersons Bay Rd (changing rooms and toilets).
3. Caledonian grandstand.
4. Caledonian Gymnasium, 265 Andersons Bay Rd.
5. 1 Esplanade, Warrington (changing rooms and toilets).
6. 6 Kettle Park Rd (sports rooms and changing rooms).
7. Maori Hill Coronation Hall.
8. 133 Matanaka Dr, Waikouaiti (sports rooms, changing rooms).
9. Moana Pool (hydroslides).
10. 414 Moray Pl (commercial building and car park).
11. 120 Opoho Rd (Opoho Park clubrooms and changing rooms).
12. & 13. 20 Parry St (two commercial buildings).
14. 56 Parry St (commercial building, storage).
15. Roberts Park building (storage shed).
16. Sammy’s building (vacant).
17. 190 Union St (storage).
18. University Oval grandstand.
19. 135 Victoria Rd (storage).
20. 95 Victoria Rd (toilets, clubroom).
21. 61 Ward St.

andrew.marshall@odt.co.nz

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