Botanic Gardens kiosk to get $110,000 upgrade

The kiosk at the Botanic Gardens has been closed since the earthquakes.
JOHN KIRK-ANDERSON/FAIRFAX NZ

The kiosk at the Botanic Gardens has been closed since the earthquakes.

Christchurch's Botanic Gardens tea kiosk is getting a $110,000 upgrade so it can be reopened to the public.

Contractors have begun work on strengthening the building and fixing the damage caused by the quakes.

A detailed engineering evaluation assessed the building at only 7 per cent of the new building standard, so the city council immediately closed it to the public.

Since then, it has agreed to spend $110,000 on bringing the building up to 100 per cent of code by strengthening it and installing new wiring, new plumbing and a new fire system.

The kiosk will also get a full face lift, including a fresh coat of paint.

The repair work is expected to take about19 weeks to complete.

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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