Tag Archives: Roof collapse

Demo by neglect? Save the facade?

Updated.

### ODT Online Thu, 13 Jan 2011
Building’s fate in doubt after parapets collapse
By Chris Morris
The fate of one of central Dunedin’s oldest commercial buildings hangs in the balance after two separate sections collapsed in clouds of crumbling masonry within hours of each other yesterday.
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### ODT Online Thu, 13 Jan 2011
Tears over wrecked ‘second home’
By Chris Morris
A pile of smashed masonry and timber was enough to bring tears to the eyes of Dragon Cafe waitress Lyn Kennedy in Dunedin yesterday. The central city cafe – an institution since opening in 1958 – had become Ms Kennedy’s “second home” since she began work there as a waitress in 1961.
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12 January 2010. This morning the roof collapsed of the 1875 brick building housing the well-known late night eaterie, Dragon Cafe, at 175 Rattray Street, Dunedin. By the afternoon the facade parapet had also collapsed, destroying the verandah below. What if? awaits council updates on the condition of the central city building.

### radionz.co.nz Updated at 1:48pm on 12 January 2011
Collapse of building in Dunedin
Parts of Rattray Street will be closed for most of Wednesday. Dunedin City Council says power has now been returned to buildings in Rattray Street, except for the one that collapsed.
The council says it advised the owner of the building earlier this week, to have it looked at by an engineer.
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@five15design I was at the Southern Cross at the weekend and noticed the #DragonCafe parapet was looking ominously cracked
(via @JohnAshcroft, 7 hours ago)

### 3news.co.nz Wed, 12 Jan 2011 6:20p.m.
Collapse could force closure of iconic diner
By Annabelle Jackman
Part of a historic building has collapsed in central Dunedin, forcing the evacuation of two hotels and a number of businesses.By midday work had begun to stabilise loose bricks. Hopes rose that the building might be salvageable, but the latest collapse is making the future of one of Dunedin’s oldest commercial buildings far from certain. But the Dragon may be lucky – further engineering assessments will be carried out in the coming weeks and the building’s future decided then.
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### ODT Online Wed, 12 Jan 2011
Roof cave-in closes Dunedin cafe
Dunedin’s Dragon Cafe could be closed for several weeks after parapets above it started collapsing this morning.
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Post and photographs by Elizabeth Kerr

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“Snow on the roof was probably heavier than the design loads”

A visual examination suggested remedial welding was not up to standard.

### ODT Online Fri, 10 Dec 2010
Worksmanship blamed for stadium roof collapse
Inadequate workmanship, the low expectations of the old building code, and unusually heavy snow contributed to the collapse and ultimate destruction of Stadium Southland, the findings of an independent review committee say . . . They recommend plans for the new stadium be peer reviewed before construction and that it is accompanied by a quality control programme, but steer clear of apportioning blame or establishing the legal responsibility.

Insurer NZI and the Department of Building and Housing are also investigating the collapse, and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research is preparing a report on the snowfall.

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