Veranda posts in comeback

RHONDA MARKBY
Last updated 09:17 28/02/2013
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COME BACK?: Veranda posts could make a come back on Stafford St.

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Timaru building owners are considering the options for installing veranda posts as a way to strength verandas on older inner city buildings.

There have been some informal queries through a consulting engineer, council's land transport manager Andrew Dixon confirmed yesterday.

While no building consents had been received for such work at this stage, once they were, they would be considered on a case by case basis, Mr Dixon said.

The council's district plan requires verandas on the inner city buildings. The veranda protrudes into the air space above the road and any posts would be in the road reserve. Generally the intention was to keep the road reserve area clear, Mr Dixon said. At the same time Stafford St was a slow speed area (30kmh), which could make a difference. With work on upgrading the CBD planned for the coming financial year, the council would be consulting with the public, and the issue of veranda posts could be included.

Concerns over the safety of older verandas and the potential for them to collapse during an earthquake has been raised a number of times since the September 10 earthquake.

Last month Stafford St building owner Steve Newman said he intended asking the council for approval to reinstall veranda posts on his building.

The building underwent major strengthening work 20 years ago but he wanted to strengthen the veranda further.

Timaru Mayor Janie Annear believes work on building parapets and verandas could quickly and cheaply improve the safety of the district's older buildings.

A survey from Timaru south has indicated Timaru property owners could face a bill of up to $211 million to strengthen older buildings to the standard proposed in the Government's earthquake- prone buildings rules.

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- The Timaru Herald

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