Council HQ gets $3.4m upgrade
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.