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Cuba Street tops list of buildings needing facades to be strengthened

One hundred and eight Wellington buildings are now listed as needing their masonry facades and parapets to be strengthened before the end of March next year.

When the plan for compulsory strengthening of facades was announced in January [1], as many as 250 Wellington buildings were said to be needing strengthening.

A revised list [2] made available by the Wellington City Council shows the total has been cut in half.

The NZ Herald quotes [3] Wellington City Council building resilience manager Steve Cody as saying that the number has dropped because some buildings on the Government’s original list did not have unreinforced masonry facing a public thoroughfare, were not on a street explicitly listed for the project or were already strengthened.

And nothing, he says, is final.

“The list will be changing as properties are strengthened or owners provide information from their engineers to show the buildings don’t have issues with their parapets and facades, so this is a work in progress.”

Cuba Street is still the area needing most work – with 22 buildings on the list. Next comes Riddiford Street in Newtown with 13.