More than $1m to upgrade now-empty flats

Last updated 11:44 03/04/2013
Gordon Wilson Flats
CRAIG SIMCOX/Fairfax NZ

GORDON WILSON FLATS: Evacuated months after a million-dollar upgrade.

Related Links

Unsafe flats: Get out in seven days Unsafe flats: 'This is my castle' 'Large person' could cause collapse

Relevant offers

Wellington

Diving death of Jerry Collins' cousin possibly preventable, coroner finds Council tight-lipped on whether Wellington ratepayers will bid for million-dollar forest Teenage legspinner Amelia Kerr called to Australia for White Ferns T20 series Wellington Curtain Bank to open one month early to cope with demand Ministry of Transport fraudster Joanne Harrison had 'a destructive streak' Pasifika Film Fest sails into Wellington for the first time Homes evacuated as bomb squad clears rusty grenade from gutter at Wellington suburb Wellington's mayor says city ratepayers could subsidise student public transport discount Have businesses pocketed money meant for employees out of work from quake? Wellington City Council sees strong growth in housing consents

More than $1 million was spent to repair the interior of a central Wellington block of flats evacuated just months later.

The Housing New Zealand-owned Gordon Wilson building, on The Terrace, was evacuated in May last year after a report showed its concrete facade could fall off in an earthquake, or strong wind.

Documents released to Radio New Zealand under the Official Information Act show HNZ spent $1.5 million on stairwell and roof improvements on the building, home to 130 people, as phase one of a repair project.

It was budgeted to cost $1.3 million but cost $200,000 more due to additional work and consultants' fees.

A second stage of repairs, to the outside, was stopped when the extent of problems with the facade were revealed.

The corporation's asset developments manager Sean Bignell said the spending was necessary because the extent of damage to the outside was not known until the second stage began.

The 1950s building remains empty, with the residents, largely beneficiaries, pensioners and recent migrants, rehoused.

Mr Bignell told RNZ the corporation should make a decision about its future in three months.

A full rebuild was being considered, he said.

Wellington Central MP Grant Robertson told RNZ the site should be rebuilt as a modern social housing development.

Ad Feedback

- The Dominion Post

Comments

Special offers
Opinion poll

What should happen with the Zephyrometer?

Build a new one just like the old one

Replace it with something completely new

Leave it as it is!

Clear the space - not a good place for a sculpture

Vote Result

Related story: Wind wand's future up in the air

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content