Feilding Herald : December 8th 2011
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She was urging Feilding building owners not to be alarmed by the Opus report which estimated the 1909 building as only 10 per cent earthquake proof. You need to get a second opinion about your building, she said. Every engineer s interpret- ation of how to fix [earthquake-prone buildings] is different. Feilding Promotion is searching for a heritage- friendly engineer to help owners of buildings with heritage value strengthen their buildings without destroying the heritage value. If we knock down every building which is deemed earthquake-prone, what will that do to our Edwardian town centre? There is more than one way to strengthen buildings, and there are new techniques being developed all the time. One size does not fit all. Mrs Worboys said Feilding Hotel is a classic example of sensitive strengthening. Most of New Zealand s engineers who specialise in strengthen- ing buildings, especially those with heritage value are presently working on Christchurch s CBD. Feilding Promotion has been searching for answers on how to save the buildings which give Feilding its character since the first survey was taken by Manawatu District Council in 1996. Now it s getting urgent, Mrs Worboys said. Some building owners are saying it is not worth the risk or the cost of trying to save their build- ings and walking away. Its cheaper to push it over and start again. She said if it is not economical to do all the recommended strengthening, it is possible to fix the immediate problems and work in stages. Staff vacate courthouse Building at risk By BOBBIE NICHOLLS Packing up: Feilding Court Registrar Clive Asplin carries files from the Feilding courthouse last Thursday after the building was suddenly closed for earthquake strengthening. Bye for now: Feilding courthouse staff may have had to abandon their building, but they have not lost their sense of humour. This cardboard cut out of registrar Clive Asplin was left forlornly waving from a window. Photo: BOBBIE NICHOLLS Feilding Courthouse is the first building in the Feilding CBD to be closed because of perceived earthquake risk. It was one of six courthouses the Chief District Court Judge issued orders to cease hearings from last Thursday. Files, staff and functions of the courthouse were transferred to Palmerston North on Friday. The court buildings will close for up to a year while earth- quake strengthening work is car- ried out. The Feilding Courthouse was built circa 1909 in traditional un-reinforced masonry (URM) construction and un-reinforced brick masonry. The Opus report rated the cur- rent seismic rating of the build- ing as about 10 per cent of national building standards (NBS), classifying the building as high risk. The strengthening to the building recommended in the report is extensive, with costs in excess of $300,000 for the mini- mum level of 67 per cent NBS. Opus said there is no easy (low cost) interim strengthening option for this building to reduce the risk to occupants. Justice Ministry Acting Deputy Secretary for Courts Robert Pigou said although there is no imminent danger, the safety of staff and court users is a priority so the Ministry has acted on information received from engineering experts. The Christchurch earthquakes prompted us to check the safety of all of our buildings. Opus carried out an initial review of our property portfolio based on their age, construction material and seismic locality within New Zealand. Seven buildings were assessed as at higher-risk of partial or full collapse in a significant seismic event, one of which was Feilding Courthouse, with the highest risk level, its future in doubt due to the cost of strengthening. None of our buildings are more risky than they were last week or 10 years ago -- but we now have information from experts that quantifies the risk and the remedial work required, and that this work can t be done while buildings are occupied. We will meet with Executive and Liaison judges to discuss arrangements and will work with Corrections, police, lawyers and other user groups to make sure any disruption is kept to a minimum, Mr Pigou said.
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