Wellington Scoop

$15m spent on preparations for strengthening the Town Hall

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Report from RNZ
About $15 million has been spent preparing to strengthen the Wellington Town Hall before construction work has started.

Mayor Justin Lester said it’s normal for that amount of money to have been spent on designing and signing off on such an expensive project.

Earlier this year it was announced the cost of strengthening the hall had gone up for the fourth time, to at least $112m.

Since the town hall was closed in 2013 for strengthening, the cost of the project has gone from $43m, to $60m, to $90m. The final price is expected to be higher.

The money spent so far had been on planning and design, Mr Lester said.

“We want to make sure that Wellingtonians get a good outcome, they want a strengthened town hall in a building that’s going to be here another 50 to 100 years.

“That’s why it’s going to be base isolated. It is on reclaimed land, it’s a category 1 heritage building.

“It’s a complex project, that’s why you have to invest in the planning and design up front.”

Mr Lester said $1.6m of the spend went on securing the building’s masonry, as legally required. And $4.8m had been spent for design work and consultants on an earlier iteration of the project that was cancelled in 2014.


  1. Lindsay, 21. April 2019, 10:27

    Good to know that the major contract, with Naylor Love, was signed three weeks ago. So the real strengthening work is starting … at last.

  2. CC, 21. April 2019, 12:47

    Willis Bond, who have begun building the Convention Centre for the city council, are incorporating base isolation in their new Victoria Lane Apartments.

  3. Harry M, 22. April 2019, 6:27

    It wasn’t “base isolated” before and during the K Quake. The Council should have left it open and let people use it.