Another quake-damaged building bites the dust

Another quake-damaged building bites the dust

Revera House will be the second quake-damaged building to bite the dust in Thorndon this year.

Situated at 48 Murphy Street between Old St Pauls and the Cook Islands Consulate, the 1989 10-storey building made of pre-cast concrete beams and columns will take an estimated six months to come down.

Gunson Property Group general manager and Revera House representative Mark Croswell said contracted demolition specialists RDL Group would work outside peak times to move materials off-site to alleviate congestion.

Croswell said that while the building was not condemned, the cost to repair the external cladding damage and elongate the steel beams in the building far outweighed demolition.

Wellington City Council’s recovery and resilience team representative Jacqui Hastie said it was not involved in the decision to take down Revera House.

“This is the building owner’s decision and has been based on the economics of repairing it, rather than the issue of a structurally unsound building that poses a safety risk like [now-demolished] 61 Molesworth Street did.”

She said the council is taking a unique role in the Thorndon area to make sure that all applications for consent and effects are viewed with a precinct lens applied.

“We appreciate that these buildings need to come down, and there are also other building works happening in this area at the same time.

“This is a busy community with high-profile neighbours and many schools so we want to make sure that we’re keeping those impacted neighbours informed about what’s happening in their community.”

The process will take the building down in stages, unlike the demolition of 61 Molesworth Street that was completed in February.

There is no asbestos in the building.

Nearby Defence House (Freyberg House) on Aikten Street is also earmarked for deconstruction.

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