Coun­cil fi­nally quit­ting quake-prone HQ

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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.

PHOTO: MARTY SHARPE/STUFF

Napier City Coun­cil staff will be­gin mov­ing out of their earth­quake­prone head­quar­ters in about a month.

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