Build­ing fi­nally gets cer­tifi­cate


A Napier of­fice build­ing has been given its code of com­pli­ance cer­tifi­cate, 10 years af­ter it was built.

The four-storey Price­wa­ter­house­C­oop­ers build­ing on the cor­ner of Mun­roe and Raf­fles streets was built by Her­bert Con­struc­tion in 2007, but has been plagued by leaks and had not been is­sued a code com­pli­ance cer­tifi­cate by Napier City Coun­cil.

The coun­cil’s view that it was not com­pli­ant was dis­puted by the build­ing’s owner, Mal­colm Her­bert, who ap­pealed the find­ings to the Min­istry of Busi­ness, In­no­va­tion and Em­ploy­ment (Mbie).

The coun­cil, which had ini­tially felt the build­ing’s roof and ven­ti­la­tion sys­tem did not com­ply with the build­ing code, is­sued the code of com­pli­ance cer­tifi­cate on June 16.

When the build­ing’s ten­ant, Price­wa­ter­house­C­oop­ers, en­gaged its own en­gi­neer in 2013 to in­ves­ti­gate poor heat­ing, ven­ti­la­tion and air con­di­tion­ing on the top floor, the en­gi­neer found more prob­lems of which the com­pany was un­aware.

The dis­pute went to Mbie, with Her­bert Con­struc­tion act­ing for the build­ing’s owner, Thack­eray Trust, in dis­put­ing the coun­cil’s find­ings.

PwC said the third floor was af­fected by three leaks with new leaks ap­pear­ing af­ter any heavy rain.

In 2014 the min­istry is­sued a de­ter­mi­na­tion and said the coun­cil had been cor­rect in re­fus­ing to is­sue the cer­tifi­cate, be­cause of fail­ings in the weath­er­tight­ness of the roof and the ven­ti­la­tion on the third floor.

Thack­eray Trust was is­sued a no­tice to fix in De­cem­ber 2014. Her­bert was sole di­rec­tor of Her­bert Con­struc­tion, which was put into liq­ui­da­tion in 2013.

At the time, Her­bert said he was con­sid­er­ing le­gal ac­tion against the coun­cil over the de­lays and ‘‘fail­ing to deal with the process in a fair, im­par­tial and com­pe­tent man­ner.’’

‘‘The coun­cil has been ob­struc­tive, re­fused to co-op­er­ate and meet ex­perts to agree on mat­ters and has changed and shifted the goal posts through­out the process.’’

Mbie’s ex­pert had in­spected the fresh air make up sys­tem and tested the gut­ters and raised no is­sues, Her­bert said. He claimed PWC ‘‘wants the code of com­pli­ance is­sued by the coun­cil with­out any fur­ther de­lays’’.

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