Win­ter Gar­dens get quake up­grade

Auckland City Harbour News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - JAMES PASLEY

Auck­land’s most iconic green­house will close its doors as it is strength­ened for earth­quakes, de­spite Auck­land be­ing a low earth­quake risk.

The Auck­land Do­main Win­ter Gar­dens will shut its cool house for four months and then its trop­i­cal house for five months as roof con­nec­tions are strength­ened, and a chim­ney is braced.

The strength­en­ing of the Vic­to­rian-style glass houses was part of Auck­land Coun­cil’s re­sponse to im­pend­ing earth­quake leg­is­la­tion trig­gered by the 2012 Christchurch Earth­quake, which is likely to be im­ple­mented in July.

A build­ing is re­garded earth- quake prone if it is less than onethird of the strength re­quired for a new build­ing in the same lo­ca­tion in moderate earth­quake shak­ing.

Auck­land Coun­cil’s di­rec­tor of com­mu­nity ser­vices Ian Maxwell said the build­ing wasn’t dan­ger­ous other than in a moderate earth­quake.

Maxwell wouldn’t say how much the work would cost be­cause it was com­mer­cially sen­si­tive.

In 2014 econ­o­mist Ian Har­ri­son re­leased a re­port show­ing strength­en­ing of Auck­land build­ings to the re­quired stan­dard would cost $3 bil­lion.

Maxwell said vis­i­tors wouldn’t no­tice any dif­fer­ence when the gar­dens were re­opened.


In De­cem­ber 2015 a seis­mic as­sess­ment con­cluded the Win­ter Gar­dens were earth­quake prone.

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