Council To Investigate Strengthening Masterton Municipal Building
Masterton District Council has commissioned a full structural
engineering report on the Town Hall and Chapel Street offices, prior
to carrying out this year’s planned interior renovation programme.
The 100-year old municipal building has an earthquake rating of 40%
of the current building code, just above the legal requirement of
34%. The aim will be to increase this figure to 67% or more once the
renovations have been completed.
Chief Executive Pim Borren believes it’s prudent to consider the
long-term future of the building before investing in any
improvements to the public and staff areas.
“We are no different to any other building owner in Masterton: we
have the same responsibility to provide a safe environment that we
expect from other owners and other councils around New Zealand.
“If we discover that the building is earthquake prone and in need of
significant strengthening work, then we will consider what options
we have, taking into account our Health and Safety responsibilities.
The building is 100 years old next month and is on the Wairarapa
Combined District Plan Heritage Register, so it’s important that
Council weighs up the best course of action once they have received
“We are holding off on some interior alterations for the time being,
as it makes more sense to undertake any necessary work at the same
03 February 2016