New cap for old building

Effort and money into conservation project

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by Rachael Comer

Roofing iron more than a century old has been replaced at a historical building.
The Terrace side of the DC Turnbull building in Timaru’s central business district has undergone heritage conservation during the past month, replacement of the original roofing.
The project has also included replacing roof lights, damaged timbers, spouting, gutters and downpipes to conserve one of the town’s oldest buildings.
DC Turnbull spokesman Craig Smith said considerable effort had gone into the project. Heritage New Zealand had been involved with the re-roofing of the historic place category 2 building.
He would not say the cost of the project but said the historical aspect had meant it had been more expensive than re-roofing work.
“I won’t put the costs out there, but they are considerable,” he said.
Mr Smith said the DC Turnbull building, at 1-13 Strathallan St, was built in about 1894 as a wool and grain store.
DC Turnbull and Co bought the building in 1901 and an extension was added. It was that extension where the roof was replaced, Mr Smith said.
The section of the building was not in use at the moment.
He said given it was a heritage building project, materials had to be as similar to the original as possible.
“The corrugated iron has had to be deeper than what is normal on houses at the moment.
“It all goes into preserving the building and it is important to keep the character of the building.”
Much of the roof had leaked so it had been important to do the project well, he said.
The project had started at the beginning of the month and last week contractors were working on the roof flashings to ensure the building was sealed and waterproof, Mr Smith said.
He said the company had been in regular contact with Heritage New Zealand throughout the project.