Under-floor water woes
A swimming pool demolished to make way for Pataka has come back to haunt the art gallery.
The floor of Pataka’s spine is being replaced because of flooding, partly caused by a network of pipes under the building which once served a swimming pool on the site.
Floorboards in the spine were swollen by dampness last winter, says Darcy Nicholas, Porirua City Council’s general manager of community services.
The water in pipes under the gallery fed into blocked pipes under the city which prevented the water reaching the harbour, he says.
‘‘The piping that goes down to the harbour had been plugged up with a whole lot of rubbish,’’ he says. ‘‘When we had the heavy rain some time ago that sort of bubbled up from there and came into the gallery.’’
The whole city had similar problems during the rain and snow last year, he says. He doubts flooding will happen again, as the pipes held up well during this May’s heavy rain.
Mr Nicholas chose to wait until the gallery’s quiet period in winter to replace the flooring, rather than attempting it over summer.
Insurance will cover the works, which should be completed by the end of July.