Council finally quitting quake-prone HQ
Napier City Council staff will begin moving into new office space in October, more than three months after the organisation announced plans to abandon its earthquake-prone civic headquarters.
The council have been working on plans to relocate its 115 staff out of the civic building after an engineering report it received in June rated the 1967 structure as low as 10 per cent of new building standards at its weakest point.
The council’s adjacent fourstory library building fared only slightly better, with a rating as low as 15 per cent of code.
An exodus of the civic building was delayed while the council hunted for suitable office space in the Napier CBD. In the meantime, staff were given the option to work from alternative sites, but only a handful elected to do so.
Spokeswoman Fiona Fraser said on Friday the council had identified three buildings in which to accommodate the staff, with a temporary library location still to be decided.
Several departments, including the offices of Mayor Bill Dalton and chief executive Wayne Jack, will relocate in Hastings St above the Harcourts office.
‘‘We’re working towards an efficient fit-out programme to have our first team moving over to that building next month,’’ Fraser said.
The council’s corporate services department would move into the Post Office building and a third lease was being negotiated to house the customer services and planning teams.
‘‘Management has made a commitment to our staff that they won’t be housed in any building sitting at anything under 67 per cent of new building standards for seismic strength,’’ Fraser said.
‘‘All our rented buildings will be fire safety compliant, safe and comfortable for staff, and accessible for members of the public. The Post Office building and our third building – should all the fitout and design go to plan – will both be ready for staff in November and December.’’
Fraser said the the council was moving from 9200m3 of work space to about 3000m3.
‘‘So we’re looking at working differently using innovations such as smaller desk spaces, sit/ stand desks, mobile technology rather than desk phones, reduced storage, flexible meeting spaces and so on.‘‘
Council meetings would continue to be held at different locations around Napier.
The council was assessing three possible temporary library options.
Napier City Council staff will begin moving out of their earthquakeprone headquarters in about a month.