Pool stays shut for quake work

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RE­BECCA THOM­SON

Tawa Pool, which has just un­der­gone a $ 2.1 mil­lion makeover, is to re­main closed in­def­i­nitely for earth­quakestrength­en­ing work.

The 40-year-old pool has been closed since Oc­to­ber for main­te­nance work, which in­cluded re­plac­ing the roof and win­dows, resur­fac­ing the floors and installing a vapour bar­rier and acous­tic ceil­ing.

The pool was sched­uled to re-open in April but Welling­ton City Coun­cil an­nounced this week that it would re­main closed be­cause ex­tra struc­tural work needed to be car­ried out on the pool build­ings.

Coun­cil re­cre­ation man­ager Ju­lian Todd said he did not know how long the pool would be closed.

He said he was wait­ing for a re­port from coun­cil engineers that would de­ter­mine what work needed to be done and how long it would take.

‘‘Once we’ve got an in­di­ca­tion of what work is re­quired, we can put a build­ing pro­gramme in place.’’

As part of the sched­uled main­te­nance pro­gramme, some earth­quake strength­en­ing work was car­ried out.

Mr Todd said the need for ex­tra strength­en­ing of the pool build­ings was not no­ticed un­til work was well un­der way.

‘‘ As the work has con­tin­ued, we’ve had to open up the next stage of the build­ing – re­mov­ing the walls and the like – and that’s when we dis­cov­ered there needs to be more struc­tural work done.’’

The coun­cil was re­view­ing all its build­ings and struc­tures in light of the Christchurch earth­quakes, he said.

‘‘As part of this work we took an­other look at the pool build­ing, which dates back to 1972.

‘‘We de­cided we should do more work now rather than have to come back again fur­ther down the track, es­pe­cially if, as is ex­pected, tougher en­gi­neer­ing stan­dards are im­posed na­tion­ally.’’

Mr Todd said it was likely ad­di­tional strength­en­ing would add to the cost, but he did not know what that cost would be.

The pool it­self was earth­quake safe, Mr Todd said.

Coun­cil spokes­woman Brid­get Par­rott said none of the other coun­cil pools had been iden­ti­fied as be­ing earth­quake-prone, but that ev­ery pool un­der­went a fiveyearly main­te­nance check.

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