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Council spending $200,000 to help strengthen 11 heritage buildings

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Eleven heritage building owners will receive over $200,000 from the Wellington City Council’s Built Heritage Incentive fund. The Council’s Transport and Urban Development Committee has approved the funding toward seismic strengthening work and preserving the heritage characteristics of each building.

Buildings benefitting from the payments will include community-based facilities such as St Mary’s Anglican Church in Karori, the Katherine Mansfield Birthplace in Thorndon, the Ohariu Valley Hall, the Wesley Methodist Church on Taranaki Street and a joint application from Star Boating/Wellington Rowing Clubs on Taranaki Wharf.


60 Courtenay Place ANZ (formerly National Bank) – seismic strengthening detailed design: $25,000

St Mary’s Church, 170 Karori Road – prepare a conservation plan in advance of seismic strengthening: $8000

Katherine Mansfield Birthplace, 25 Tinakori Road – seismic strengthening detailed design: $10,000

Former Chinese Masonic Lodge, 23 Frederick Street – seismic strengthening construction works: $35,000

121 The Parade, Island Bay – detailed seismic design and architectural drawings (Clarke’s Buildings – Island Bay): $16,000

Riddiford Court, 2-14 Riddiford St – seismic strengthening detailed design: $28,175

Flowers Manuela, 216 Cuba Street– phase 1 seismic strengthening works: $20,000

The Ohariu Valley Hall Company Ltd, 550 Ohariu Valley Rd, Ohariu Valley – seismic strengthening works: $25,000

Star Boating Club, Taranaki Street Wharf (joint application) – seismic design and works: $17,500

Wellington Rowing Club, Taranaki Street Wharf, (joint application) – seismic design and works: $17,500

Wesley Methodist Church, 75 Taranaki Street – prepare a conservation plan in advance of seismic strengthening: $6,500

The Built Heritage Incentive Fund helps conserve, restore, protect and care Wellington’s heritage-listed buildings and objects. It is one of a range of Council initiatives to increase earthquake safety in Wellington. The next round of applications is open now and closes on Wednesday 5 November.

Councillor Iona Pannett, the Council’s Buildings Portfolio Leader, says, “We’re delighted to contribute to these projects to help preserve Wellington’s heritage character. 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.”