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Brooklyn is well on the way to quake compliance

Aug 19th, 2013 | By | Category: Uncategorized

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BROOKLYN Galleria Owner, Ms Miculetich is taking a solid stance to earthquake safety.

LAST week, the 20 year deadline for earthquake prone buildings to meet a 34% minimum standard of the building code was introduced.

Simon Skinner and Sue Gifford of Todman Partnership own the 1900s building which houses the Cornerstore bar on Todman Street.

Todman Partnership began strengthening the heritage listed building with concrete and steel columns 25 years ago, to reach a safety standard above 70%.

Today, the pair are working with engineers to raise the safety standard even higher in their heritage listed building.

“We’re doing a little extra to bring it up, not far off 100%,” Mr Skinner says.

There should be some sort of compromise between engineers and building owners Mr Skinner says.

“They’re making profit and they do have to be aware of the fact that through making money, people’s lives are at risk.”

“Whether the government are involved in that or tax payer’s money is involved in that,” he says.

Penthouse Cinema on Ohiro Road has a safety standard of 33% from an assessment that was made in September last year.

Owner Sandra Kisby, and her partner Iain Macleod say they are working with engineers and architects to improve the building’s safety.

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Mr Mcleod says engineers found no issues in The Penthouse after the last quake in Wellington but the safety of buildings today is similar to what it was 80 years ago.

“The ground in Brooklyn is rotten rock and isn’t very solid. The Penthouse was built in 1938, just after the Napier earthquakes so there was a similar awareness in those dates.”

Brooklyn Galleria owner, Alida Miculetich, is not happy with her interaction with council.

She said engineers inspected the Todman Street address three months ago and said parts of the building were earthquake prone.

The inspection found that the building was okay except for the windows around the building.

“The building is 75% brand new, 10 years old, built 10 years ago. I have shelves against the windows,”

“Why should I spend money to get an engineer’s report to give to the council, when they had the report done by their engineers. I was not advised, I was not told,” she says.

The 6.5 magnitude earthquake, as well as the storm earlier this year, are proofs that her shelving (right) is solid Ms Miculetich says.

She is still communicating with the Wellington City Council to discuss future strengthening of her building.

 

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