Council building demo begins
The former Taupo¯ District Council office at 72 Lake Tce is being prepared for demolition.
Contractors Ward Demolition have started removing windows from the front of the building.
The decision was made to vacate the building after a number of health and safety issues were identified in 2017.
These included the detection of friable asbestos in the building’s cladding and the requirement to undertake earthquake strengthening.
Staff were relocated to various sites throughout Taupo¯ from September.
To allow for the safe removal of the asbestos, the building is being wrapped. Once the demolition is complete, the site will be grassed.
A decision on where the new council building will be built has yet to be made.
Council staff will develop a ‘‘masterplan’’ around the preferred site for a new building beside the Great Lake Centre. The new building may include provision for cultural, arts, and heritage facilities to replace Taupo¯ Museum.
The plan will consider what efficiencies can be made and what opportunities can be capitalised on as part of a wider picture on where to establish the main council office.
Investigations are expected to be completed mid-year, with feedback on the options sought from the community soon after.