by Chris Tobin
Two Timaru building owners have received grants to assist with seismic strengthening assessments of their buildings.
The Dominion Hotel in Stafford St and D.C. Turnbull’s cluster of office, grain and woolstore buildings in Strathallan St have been awarded Heritage Equip professional advice funding of $50,000 each to support the owners undergoing a full seismic assessment and upgrade design.
Besides grants for Timaru, Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Grant Robertson announced funding for buildings in Hokitika, Christchurch, Cambridge and Feilding totalling $1.87million.
Nine were works funding and the remainder professional advice grants intended to help people starting an earthquake upgrade process.
“Heritage buildings are integral to the character of New Zealand and two more funding rounds will be held prior to June 2020 to allocate the $2.4million remaining in the Heritage Equip fund,” Mr Robertson said.
“The professional advice grants provide up to 50% of the costs required for obtaining services such as detailed seismic assessments, conservation reports, architectural and structural engineering plans,” Mr Robertson said.
“Many regional building owners are also able to apply for up to 67% of upgrade works costs.
“As an extra incentive, multiple-building applications can seek funding of up to 67% of professional advice costs.”
One of the latest grants went to the owners of six buildings in Feilding who made a joint application and received $85,760 for advice funding.
“These Edwardian buildings are a focus of Feilding’s town centre and Heritage New Zealand category 2 listed,” Mr Robertson said.
In May, the Grosvenor Hotel in Timaru received a professional advice grant of $29,500 to secure a structural design and peer review for seismic upgrade work.
Heritage Equip assesses applications three times a year. The final round of applications for this year close on November 10.
Dominion Hotel: Opened in 1912, the facade is built in an English Renaissance style with plastered brick and Oamaru stone detailing. Heritage Equip says the building is currently vacant requiring extensive work and is intended to be upgraded as a boutique accommodation business.
D.C. Turnbull: The complex of buildings date from the 1880s. Behind the administration building is an early 1900s tramway, tunnel and siding. The complex has a Heritage New Zealand category 2 rating.