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Heritage buildings in Island Bay, Cuba Street and Newtown receive $715,000 help for strengthening

Four significant buildings in Wellington will receive Heritage EQUIP funding to help with earthquake strengthening in the latest round administered by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

New Zealand’s Heritage Earthquake Upgrade Incentive Programme, provides private building owners with up to 50 per cent of the funding required for seismic strengthening of heritage listed buildings.

The Heritage NZ Category 1 building Erskine Chapel in Island Bay receives $250,000, as does the Farmers Building in Cuba Street (below).

Ashleigh Court Newtown, also a Category 1 building, will receive $184,000 for comprehensive strengthening work. The upgrade is supported by Wellington City Council.

The 1942 building at 255 Cuba Street (above), close to Abel Smith Street, was allocated $31,000.

Buildings in Auckland and Nelson also received funding.

Onehunga’s former post office, the oldest remaining building in the area, will receive a grant of $78,000 for strengthening work to bring the 1902 building’s structural rating up to 85 percent of the new building standard. Auckland Council has also helped fund the building’s preservation.

Nelson’s art deco State Theatre in Trafalgar Street, a Heritage New Zealand Category 2 building which has always operated as a cinema will receive $59,000 funding from the Heritage EQUIP for the last stage of an ongoing seismic upgrade.

Since the start of the programme in 2016, total funding of $4.9 million has been allocated to assist with the earthquake strengthening of heritage buildings throughout the country.

The next round closes on Monday 19 November and more information is available on the Heritage EQUIP website.