Research facility closed due to quake risk

Last updated 13:00 30/01/2013

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Nelson Provincial Museum's research facility is closed indefinitely.

The Isel Park building closed a week ago following a detailed engineering evaluation carried out by Opus International Consultants which revealed some areas of concern in meeting building standards for earthquakes.

The Tasman Bays Heritage Trust board met yesterday when it received further information from Opus and decided to keep the facility closed until further notice. It expects to get a fuller report on options available within three weeks.

The building had been rated as being earthquake-prone mainly because of concerns over its mezzanine floors.

The building houses the region's history in a collection of documents, photos, objects and taonga spanning more than 100 years.

Staff have moved out to work at another site.

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