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Strengthening of Hutt Council building to be completed in 2016

News from Hutt City Council
Construction activity has begun on the Hutt City Council’s administration building in Laings Road which is having major seismic strengthening and refurbishment work carried out.

Scott Duncan, Project Manager of Naylor Love says, “We’re now in full swing as the construction takes some big steps forward.

“Teams of demolition contractors have been carefully removing the internal walls and fixtures so the big machinery can move in and start the demolition of the west wing.

“We have also commenced removing walls inside the administration building so the seismic upgrade can start in earnest.”

Timeline for the project:

The demolition work on the west wing is expected to be completed by early September.

Piling work will begin toward the end of September and continue through October.

Construction on the south side extension starts in October and is expected to be complete in March next year.

Following this will be the internal strengthening and refurbishment work. The building is expected to be completed early 2016.

The Hutt Civic Centre re-development aims to create a facility the city can be proud of, that caters for the needs of our communities while also bringing much needed economic benefit. After considerable consultation with the community, Council made the decision to go ahead with a design that upgrades the Town Hall while retaining its heritage.

The Horticultural Hall will be demolished and replaced with a modern, flexible space for community, conference, event and exhibition use.

Mayor Ray Wallace says, “The facility will enable us to host events and conferences that will greatly boost the vibrancy of the central Hutt and play a big part in driving our local economy forward. The stimulus this will give to the central city, the flow-on effects to moteliers, restauranteurs and retailers, the creation of new jobs, and the boost to the economy in general – should not be underestimated.

“We are the second-biggest city in the region yet we get just four per cent of the region’s $100 million annual conference market, so there is a huge incentive for us to do it right and we will.”

Detailed design work is underway, with construction to start early in 2015, with the new building opening in April 2016.