Work closes Founders Energy Centre

Last updated 11:04 22/07/2014

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The Nelson City Council has closed another public venue while seismic strengthening work is carried out.

The closure of the Energy Centre at Founders Heritage Park late yesterday for maintenance work including earthquake strengthening follows the closure of the Trafalgar Centre in December.

The Energy Centre can seat up to 500 guests and can be used for conferences, meetings and functions.

The council closed its big events venue, the Trafalgar Centre, last December because of its earthquake risk. It is still shut but the council is to appoint a project manager to oversee strengthening work and the northern extension upgrade work.

A report on the Energy Centre will go the council's works committee on Thursday.

A council spokesperson said detailed assessments revealed a critical structural weakness in the building. The building was closed as a precautionary measure and as part of preparing for necessary work. It would reopen in time for the Nelson Arts Festival in October. "Council understands the inconvenience this has for the three existing bookings, and is working closely with those parties to help identify suitable alternative venues."

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- The Nelson Mail

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