Owners of approximately 80 buildings in Wellington were ordered to do new earthquake checks as a result of several large earthquakes in surrounding areas since late 2016. High-profile affected properties include Defence House, the Asteron Centre, Lambton Quay’s Vodafone building, Revera House and the Wellington Central Library. Where required, demolition, repair and reconstruction of buildings that were severely damaged began in November 2016, and are ongoing.
Radio New Zealand has kept a running list of the affected buildings in Wellington and marked them in this map.
Thorndon Buildings Demolitions and Re-construction
The map below-left shows the location of many of the features/buildings mentioned in various contexts/reports.
61 Molesworth St has now been demolished.
Foundations for a large (18 storey) building are presently being laid at 109-111 Molesworth St. The huge tower crane was erected in early March. This building site doesn’t appear on the WCC map above.
The construction site missing from the map … occupies the area coloured yellow.
The Kaikoura earthquake has added a lot of unanticipated projects. Things might be feeling a bit crowded for a time… including the skyline. Below are photos of cranes crowding the sky, as viewed from the Indian High Commission’s site in March 2017. We understand that the tower crane on this site will be here for 18 months.
Suddenly we have all these projects and investments in new buildings, all arriving in a relatively short period of time. Some might argue we shouldn’t be surprised… after all earthquakes are just part of our reality in New Zealand, and we’ve been talking about responding to events like these for some time.
Although we’re still recovering from the shock and surprise of it all, and we have justifiable concerns about how the changes are going to impact us, perhaps we should also remember to celebrate the amazing investment opportunities that have befallen Thorndon / Pipitea.
The photo above is the view south down Mulgrave St, taken on 7 November 2017. This road is a major artery/off-ramp route for traffic from the urban motorway and those coming into the city from the Wadestown Hill and beyond. In the distance is 2 Aitken St (Freyberg House/former headquarters of the Ministry of Defence), which is being demolished and re-built. On the left, by the traffic lights, is Revera House, also currently undergoing deconstruction.
Revera House is on the northern boundary of historic Old St Pauls, near the intersection of Murphy St, Mulgrave St and Pipitea St. By July 2017 it is estimated that the building will be decommissioned down to 5-floors high. This gives an indication of the time and size of the job that is underway. There will be many such jobs being undertaken across Thorndon and Wellington.
Questions were raised by residents, and answers were provided, during a meeting on 31st March 2017 with Ken Bailey and Jacqui Hastie from the Wellington City Council, and representative for Revera House, MarkCrosswell.
Freyberg House, which sustained significant damage in the November 14 earthquake, will be demolished and rebuilt. AMP Capital has decided the demolition and complete rebuild of the building is the best way forward as the cost of repairs is not economically viable.
Click the image to the left to open a media statement on the demolition of Freyberg House (headquarters of the Ministry of Defence).
Progress reports from Wellington City Council
28th August 2017
24th October 2017
11th September 2017
6th November 2017
25th September 2017
7th December 2017