List of streets with unreinforced masonry show they surround Wellington CBD

Cuba St is on the list of streets where building owners need to secure unreinforced masonry facades and parapets within ...
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Cuba St is on the list of streets where building owners need to secure unreinforced masonry facades and parapets within the year.

A Government list of streets with unreinforced masonry, which building owners need to secure within a year, ring-fences most of Wellington's CBD.

Building and Construction Minister Nick Smith has released a list of 38 streets with unreinforced masonry (URM) in their facades and parapets. The list stretches from Hurunui – the district around Kaikoura – to Lower Hutt.

In January it was announced that about 300 high-risk buildings in the Wellington region would need to be brought up to code within a year.

Riddiford St, Newtown, is also on the list, announced by Building and Construction Minister Nick Smith on Tuesday.
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Riddiford St, Newtown, is also on the list, announced by Building and Construction Minister Nick Smith on Tuesday.

All the buildings had unreinforced masonry facades and were in busy pedestrian areas. They included about 250 in Cuba St and Courtenay Pl in the central city, and Riddiford St in Newtown, as well as about 50 in Lower Hutt.

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The 38 streets on Smith's list were selected by councils on the basis of pedestrian and vehicle traffic, and where the risks from falling parapets and facades were greatest.

Smith said the Kaikoura earthquake had increased the seismic risks in Wellington, Lower Hutt, Blenheim and Hurunui, and ...
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Smith said the Kaikoura earthquake had increased the seismic risks in Wellington, Lower Hutt, Blenheim and Hurunui, and it was prudent to require buildings there to be secured.

The Government announced it had set up a $3 million fund to help building owners with the cost of the work – which is expected to total about $9m – and it would foot half of each repair bill.

The "tieback" of facades – which involves anchoring them to the main building – is estimated to cost between $20,000 and $30,000 each.

Smith had talked to the mayors of the four councils involved, including those in Wellington and Lower Hutt, and all had confirmed they would add to the Government fund, bringing it to about $4.5m.

On Thursday, Wellington City Council is set to agree to provide $1 million of ratepayers' money to be put towards the fund. The next step will be for councils to formally notify the building owners affected.

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Wellington City Council manager of building resilience Steve Cody said the city council would work through the streets and apply the government criteria to identify buildings with street-facing parapets and facades on busy, high traffic areas. He expected it would take a few days.

"Once these properties are identified, the council will be writing to building owners directly with guidance on how to go about their strengthening work and how to access the support fund. A building owners meeting will also be held to support people through this process."

Once the council had contacted the building owners, the properties would be searchable on the council website in the same way as quake-prone buildings are.

The joint fund will be used to provide a 50 per cent subsidy for work, up to a maximum grant of $15,000 for a façade and $10,000 for a parapet.

"Many of the building owners in these four districts will already be aware of the parapets and facades which need to be secured, but notices from councils to the owners will officially start the clock for the 12-month deadline for the securing work to be done," Smith said.

WELLINGTON STREETS ON THE LIST

Adelaide Rd, Berhampore/Mt Cook/Newtown
Bond St, Wellington Central
Courtenay Pl, Te Aro
Coutts St, Kilbirnie
Cuba St, Te Aro
Dixon St, Te Aro
Dundas St, Seatoun
Egmont St, Te Aro
Eva St, Te Aro
Ganges Rd, Khandallah
Ghuznee St, Te Aro
Hobart St, Miramar
Holland St, Te Aro
Hutt Rd, Pipitea
Kilbirnie Cres, Kilbirnie
Lambton Quay, Wellington Central
Manners St, Te Aro
Miramar Ave, Miramar
Riddiford St, Newtown
Rintoul St, Newtown
Taranaki St, Te Aro
The Parade, Island Bay
Tinakori Rd, Thorndon
Tory St, Te Aro
Victoria St, Te Aro
Vivian St, Te Aro
Wakefield St, Wellington Central
Willis St, Wellington Central
Woodward St, Wellington Central

LOWER HUTT STREETS

Cuba St
High St
Hillary Court (the area formed within Hillary Court, Vogel St, and Treadwell St), Naenae
Jackson St between Cuba St and Petone Ave, Petone
Waiwhetu Rd, Waterloo

MARLBOROUGH STREETS

Alfred Street, Blenheim
High Street, Blenheim

HURUNUI STREETS

Markham Street, Amberley
Mountainview Road, Culverden

 

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