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Last updated 17:24 16/04/2014

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The 100-metre-tall Auckland Council Civic Administration Building could be torn down if investors are not interested in footing a bill of at least $70 million to bring it up to standard.

Auckland Council's finance and performance committee said it would have no further use for the building after the council it vacated this year to move to new headquarters in Albert St.

The building would face demolition if it was not refurbished for other uses, the committee said.

Due to "serious structural issues" the building would require an estimated $70m retrofit, it said.

The building was at the "leading edge of building technology" when designed in the 1950s and opened in 1966, the committee said.

While the building was not listed for protection, two recent assessments suggested it could be worthy of Category A or B scheduling. A Category A listing would limit the type of renovation permitted.

Refurbishment would have to include removing asbestos installed during construction as a fire retardant.

The committee would test the market for investor interest in refurbishment.

Regional Facilities Auckland, a council-controlled organisation, would also include the building in a review of possible future uses of the Civic Centre precinct.

Committee chairwoman Penny Webster said market testing and precinct-planning opportunities would help determine the future of the building with a complete picture of options and costs.

The committee said it would report back on what it planned to do with the building before the end of the year.

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