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Heritage buildings receive Council contribution

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9 December 2013

Heritage buildings receive Council contribution

Nine heritage building owners across the city will receive a total of $217,000 from Wellington City Council’s Built Heritage Incentive Fund.

Seven of the grants are for funding towards earthquake strengthening work, such as geotechnical and seismic assessment or structural work, with the remaining two for repair and maintenance projects.

Buildings getting help from the fund include the early colonial farmstead Nott House in Glenside, the landmark MLC building on Lambton Quay and the Rita Angus Cottage in Thorndon. Others include buildings in Cuba Street and Newtown – two of Wellington’s most prominent heritage areas.

Project
Amount
82 Willis Street (former Evening Post Building). Seismic strengthening.$60,000
St Anne’s Church 67 Northland Road. Seismic assessment $5000
Nott House, 400 Middleton Road, Glenside. Structural works and restoration$30,000
144 Riddiford Street, Newtown. Roof repairs and parapet bracing$3000
173 Riddiford Street, Newtown. Seismic assessment$4000
MLC Building, 33 Hunter Street. Investigate needs to seismically strengthen or repair, and prepare a conservation plan.$60,000
216 Cuba Street. Seismic assessment and design for strengthening, extension and restoration works$20,000
Rita Angus Cottage, 194A Sydney Street West. Repainting the cottage$5000
Wharf Offices, 1 Queens Wharf. Geotechnical and seismic assessment$30,000

Councillor Iona Pannett, the Council’s Buildings Portfolio Leader, says: “We’re delighted to be able to contribute to these projects to help preserve Wellington’s heritage character. This is just one of the initiatives the Council is taking to increase earthquake safety in Wellington. The Council has been doing a lot of work identifying earthquake-prone buildings and is particularly keen to work with heritage building owners to ensure the buildings continue to contribute to our city’s character and economy.”

The next round of applications is now open and will close on 14 March. Heritage building owners thinking of maintaining or quake-strengthening their property are encouraged to contact the Council.

ENDS

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