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The War Memorial Centre, in Queen’s Park, will
be earthquake strengthened to 67% of the New Building Standard, beginning June
The Centre, known for its post-war modernist
architecture, has been used for conferences and events since it opened in 1960.
It is the last of the major Council-owned
buildings to be earthquake strengthened, except for the Sarjeant Gallery, which
will undergo strengthening and redevelopment in 2019.
The seismic upgrade involves bolting existing
double blockwork within the wall cavities, tying internal walls together and
installing new steel columns which are tied to the walls.
In 1961, the building received a gold medal
from the New Zealand Institute of Architects and it received a 25 year award
from the Institute in 1998.
The work will take between six and eight
months to complete and we expect it will be open in by December 2018/ January
2019, to host the New Zealand Masters Games in February 2019.
The War Memorial Hall when construction was complete in 1960
The Centre under construction in Queen's Park (Whites Aviation Collection – Alexander Turnbull Library)