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.

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