$110k to fix Botanic Gardens tea kiosk

LOIS CAIRNS
Last updated 13:20 11/07/2014
Botanic Gardens' tea kiosk
Joseph Johnson

QUAKE-PRONE: The tea kiosk was found to be only 7 per cent of the building code.

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The Botanic Gardens' popular tea kiosk could be re-opened by the summer.

Traditionally the kiosk has done a roaring trade every summer supplying ice-creams and cold drinks to families using the nearby playground and paddling pool, but it has been closed since the earthquakes.

The quakes caused only minor damage to the kiosk but a detailed engineering evaluation done afterwards assessed the building at only 7 per cent of the New Building Code so the city council immediately closed it to the public.

Investigations since have revealed substantial strengthening work needs to be done on the building, but council staff are confident it can be done in 12 to 16 weeks, allowing the kiosk to re-open in time for the busy summer season.

They have prepared a report for the council's community committee which recommends councillors release $110,000 in funds from the Building and Infrastructure Improvement Allowance so the work can proceed, as it will not be covered by insurance.

Councillors will consider that recommendation on Tuesday.

There has been a tea kiosk in the Botanic Gardens since 1910.

The first octagonal-shaped wooden kiosk was destroyed by fire in 1922 and was subsequently replaced by a brick building.

In 1979 another fire damaged the kiosk but it was restored and has since being extended several times, the latest in 1999. 

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