Commercial property owners assess damage in central Wellington

Well-known Wellington developer and engineer Maurice Clark said the Old Public Trust building on Lambton Quay is "solid ...
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Well-known Wellington developer and engineer Maurice Clark said the Old Public Trust building on Lambton Quay is "solid as a rock".

Shattered glass and small cracks are the biggest concerns for commercial property owners in Wellington following a 7.5 magnitude earthquake.

Century city building owners have spent the morning assessing their properties and have reported small damages, including smashed glass and superficial cracks in walls.

Wellington engineer and property developer Maurice Clark had been up since the earthquake first hit, checking for damage on his buildings.

Broken glass and damages seen at Wakefield St, Wellington.
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Broken glass and damages seen at Wakefield St, Wellington.

"I started at about 1am this morning. I'm going home to bed soon."

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He was pleased the Old Public Trust building - which he spent $10 million restoring last year - held up well.

"The Old Public Trust building hasn't got a single crack in it. It's solid as a rock."

However, there were a few superficial cracks in some of his other buildings throughout the city, Clark said.

"There's a bit of glass around the Tower building."

Another well-known property developer, Ian Cassels, said most of his buildings were also okay.

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"So far for us, everything is good," he said.

"We've come across some superficial cracks, but plaster is expected to crack."

"So everything has performed as it was meant to."

Richard Burrell, who also owns building throughout the city, said they lost a ceiling in a small warehouse.

"But that's only a four-hour job for two men."

There was also a bit of damage to some tiles from the sprinkler systems, he said.

As Burrell was wandering around the city, he had noticed a lot of commercial properties built in the 1980s had some damage, he said.

 

 - Stuff

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