Chch South library to reopen this year

Last updated 14:07 13/09/2012
Christchurch South Library

NEAR NEW: The Christchurch South Library and service centre in Colombo St, Beckenham, has closed.

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Temporary repairs and earthquake-strengthening work will be carried out on the Christchurch South Library and Beckenham Service Centre, with the facility expected to reopen by the end of this year.

The Christchurch City Council closed the Colombo St building in July after a detailed engineering evaluation showed the building had a seismic capacity less than 20 per cent of the building code.

Community services manager Michael Aitken said work was planned to start next month once building consent was granted.

The work is expected to cost about $75,000 and will increase the building's seismic capacity to at least 34 per cent of the building code, ensuring it is no longer deemed to be quake-prone.

The temporary strengthening work will include the installation of steel propping and additional beams and plates to allow the building to operate as is for up to five years.

"The closure of the facility was a huge blow to the community, so we're absolutely thrilled that engineers have been able to come up with a solution that will allow us to reopen the building,'' Aitken said.

"The building will be heavily braced, which will be obvious to visitors, but this work will ensure the building can be safely occupied again." 

The centre had, on average, 42,300 visitors a month.

A temporary service centre is due to open outside the library this month.

People will be able to access all the usual services, such as making rates payments, applying for rates rebates and paying dog registrations.


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