Basin’s Museum stand revamp has no access for people with disabilities
April 5, 2019
If you’re disabled, don’t plan on watching the Black Caps from the revamped Museum Stand at the Basin Reserve next season.
Wellington City Council’s $7.7 million renovation of the historic stand is underway, but the revamp won’t include access to the viewing seats for those with disabilities.
Instead, the council has come up with a compromise to let those people use rooms in the nearby RA Vance, stand, usually restricted to those with special memberships.
The glitch emerged in a presentation of the plans to the council’s accessibility advisory group on March 26.
The group approved unisex disabled bathrooms for the Museum stand, but questioned the worth of them when there would be no disabled access to the viewing areas.
Co-chair Rachel Noble said it was a “missed opportunity” to do the job properly, especially since $7.7 million was going towards the project.
City growth projects manager Danny McComb said the stand’s status as a heritage building made it impossible to install lifts. “They are what they are.”
Advisory group member Stuart Mills, whose wife uses a wheelchair, thought it should be possible to install lifts in the stand.
“In this day and age you could retain heritage factor and still put them in.”
The building is exempt from building code NZ4121 on access and mobility because heritage buildings must be remain true to their original design.
As an alternative, plans were made to offer a limited number of one-day membership passes to allow people with mobility issues and one carer or companion to access the Norwood and Long rooms, stands usually reserved for membership holders.
These would be available on purchase of an event ticket at no extra cost.
Mills said he wouldn’t take his wife to a game at the moment, but he would be “happy to take her if there were facilities she could use.”