Unsafe building being levelled
Network Tasman's Queen St building is being demolished and the site will be landscaped and left empty until a tenant is found.
A spokesman for Network Tasman said the 1937 building, which had been added to, reached only 16 per cent of the building code.
The demolition would be completed by about mid-September.
The land would be landscaped and left empty until a suitable tenant was identified, he said.
Tenants Pitt and Moore moved their Richmond staff out in 2011 after the building was found to be below minimum earthquake safety levels.
Tasman District Council requires older structures to reach 67 per cent of the modern building standards to meet its earthquake policy.
The spokesman said Network Tasman's adjoining three-storey building, which met the required 67 per cent, was being refurbished and strengthened to meet 100 per cent of the code.
The company had a pro-active approach to its building safety and had been comparatively quick off the mark to assess and upgrade its structures.
The popular Network Tasman clock would be replaced on the side of the three-storey structure once the rebuild of the building was complete, the spokesman said.
Meanwhile, the adjoining two-storey building built by Network Tasman, off Oxford St, which was finished early this year, has been leased to Montgomery Watson Hauser.
In addition, Nelson Pine Industries is building an extra 4000 square metres of extra storage at its Lower Queen St site.
Deputy chief executive Peter Barr said the building, scheduled for completion at the end of next month, would give the company greater flexibility, with laminated veneer lumber and medium density fibreboard storage.
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