Ten of Wellington's heritage buildings funded for earthquake strengthening

The Wellington Trades Hall on Vivian Street was the scene of a bomb blast which killed a caretaker in 1984.
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The Wellington Trades Hall on Vivian Street was the scene of a bomb blast which killed a caretaker in 1984.

The former People's Palace Hotel, Philosophy House in Aro Valley and Wellington Trades Hall are among the recipients of grants for earthquake strengthening.

A total of 10 buildings were awarded more than $280,000 from the Wellington City Council's Built Heritage Incentive Fund on Wednesday.

Councillor Sarah Free, who chairs the subcommittee, said the fund was designed to assist building owners to earthquake strengthen their buildings.

Scots College in the early 1920s. The main building will be earthquake strengthened.
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Scots College in the early 1920s. The main building will be earthquake strengthened.

"It is encouraging to see that heritage-listed buildings are coming off the Earthquake Prone Building List and that the Built Heritage Incentive Fund, which was increased in 2015 to $3 million over three years, is assisting owners to strengthen them," Free said.

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Several of the buildings have born witness to some of Wellington's historic moments, including the Trades Hall, which was the site of a 1984 bombing which killed a caretaker.

Wellington city councillor Sarah Free said many of the recipients of the most recent round of funding from the Built ...
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Wellington city councillor Sarah Free said many of the recipients of the most recent round of funding from the Built Heritage Incentive Fund were the sites of key events in Wellington's history.

The former Ashleigh Court Private Hotel, another recipient, previously catered to returning soldiers during World War I, and the Karitane Products Society Factory Building, on Manchester Tce, was closely associated with the history of the Plunket Society.

More than $1.9m has been allocated to 38 seismic strengthening related projects currently underway.

BUILDINGS TO RECEIVE FUNDING:

* Ashleigh Court at 113 Riddiford St – $25,000

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* Former People's Palace Hotel – $50,000

* 144-146 Riddiford St – $2150

* 58 Ghuznee St – $3700

* Karitane Products Society Factory Building at 21a Manchester Tce – $8672

* Philosophy House at 33 Aro St –  $50,000

* Scots College Main Building, Miramar – $30,000

* Watkins Building at 176-182 Cuba St – $50,000

* Wellington Trades Hall at 124 Vivian St – $50,000

* Wellington Harbour Board Shed 7 at 1 Queens Wharf – $15,000

 - Stuff

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