Daily Archives: September 14, 2010

DCC Media Release: Dunedin’s Heritage Buildings

Dunedin City Council
Media Release

Dunedin’s Heritage Buildings

Following the Canterbury earthquake, there has been a lot of speculation about the risk to heritage buildings and, in particular, to certain elements of heritage buildings, such as chimneys and parapets.

The DCC and the New Zealand Historic Places Trust are holding a one-day workshop for heritage building owners in November, where earthquake strengthening will be one of a number of topics discussed. Local practitioners will cover a range of ‘getting started’ issues, including earthquake strengthening, fire safety, the role of heritage architects, and principles of conservation repair. The workshop, for heritage building owners, will be free.

The DCC and NZHPT also recommend that concerned owners of heritage buildings contact appropriately qualified structural engineers to assess the property, identify potential risk and investigate solutions for securing items or managing the risk to people and property.

Heritage features can usually be secured and risks mitigated without impacting on the heritage fabric of the building. Ensuring heritage buildings are earthquake-strengthened ensures public safety, and increases the likelihood that Dunedin’s character will be retained following a significant earthquake.

The Dunedin Heritage Fund can provide incentives towards work that will protect and secure heritage features and buildings.

* Earthquake Prone Buildings Policy (PDF, 107.8 kb, new window)
* Heritage Fund Information (opens in new window)

Contact DCC on 477 4000.

Last reviewed: 14 Sep 2010 12:34pm

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


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Stadium construction timeline

### ODT Online Tue, 14 Sep 2010
Roof trusses go up, cover goes on
By David Loughrey
The ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) roofing material that will by April next year cover the Forsyth Barr Stadium is beginning to be put in place on trusses high above the stadium site. The Carisbrook Stadium Trust yesterday gave the Dunedin City Council an update on the project, including a new time-line, or “milestone summary”, for the construction.

This is news (our italics, What if?):
The stadium was built to withstand a one in 1000-year earthquake, as Dunedin was considered a “medium-risk” area, compared to Christchurch, which was low risk.

Read more

Report – FSC – 13/09/2010 (PDF, 2.2 mb, new window)
Carisbrook Stadium Charitable Trust Progress Report

Post by Elizabeth Kerr


Filed under Architecture, Construction, CST, Design, DVML, Economics, People, Politics, Project management, Site, Sport, Stadiums