Coun­cil HQ gets $3.4m up­grade

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - HUGH COLLINS

A Three Kings her­itage build­ing, moth­balled in 2012 due to black mould, will be re­stored to its for­mer glory.

Auck­land Coun­cil will spend about $3.4 mil­lion on restor­ing the his­toric Mt Roskill Bor­ough Coun­cil Build­ing at 560 Mt Al­bert Road.

Opened in 1957, it was closed four years ago due to leak­ing and the ap­pear­ance of black mould in an ex­ten­sion built in 1990.

Puke­ta­papa Lo­cal Board chair Harry Doig says black mould pre­sented a se­ri­ous health hazard to the build­ing.

‘‘Thank­fully the her­itage na­ture of it was recog­nised that [it was said] let’s knock off the ex­ten­sions and re­in­state the orig­i­nal her­itage build­ing,’’ Doig says.

Auck­land Coun­cil’s man­ager of cor­po­rate build­ing ser­vices Peter Young says the fund­ing is com­ing out of coun­cil’s re­gional cor­po­rate ac­com­mo­da­tion bud­get.

‘‘This will in­clude the re­moval of the prob­lem­atic 1990 ad­di­tion, a new lift, new roof, new air­con­di­tion­ing sys­tem, new toi­lets, as well as a struc­tural up­grade and in­ter­nal re­fur­bish­ment,’’ Young says.

‘‘The project is due to be com­plete around mid-2017.’’

The build­ing sits on the cor­ner of Mt Eden Road and Mt Al­bert road and orig­i­nally housed the Mt Roskill Coun­cil cham­bers, a may­oral of­fice and ad­min­is­tra­tive de­part­ments.

Puke­ta­papa Lo­cal Board chair Harry Doig out­side the Mt Roskill Bor­ough Coun­cil Build­ing.

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