Heritage EQUIP funding has been provided to the projects listed below. Follow the links to read more information about each project.
|Building||Seismic project||Grant awarded|
|Foundation piling and substructure works, in preparation for base isolation.||$1.5 million|
|Onehunga Former Post Office, 120 Onehunga Mall, Auckland||Parapet and diaphragm tying, unreinforced masonry wall strengthening.||$78,118|
|Strengthening unreinforced masonry side walls.||$14,753|
|Removing internal non-structural unreinforced masonry walls.||$17,500|
Removing unreinforced concrete first floor and replacing with a timber diaphragm structure, steel bracing on the first floor, constructing ground floor foundations and shear walls.
|Tying back the brick parapet to the roof.||$10,000|
|Archies Bunker Backpackers, Napier||Establishing two steel bracing elements to stiffen the building.||$52,632|
|Bank of NSW, Victoria Ave, Whanganui||Tying back the façade and parapet, installing shear walls, adding new diaphragms and installing cross bracing.||$230,637|
|AE Kitchen Building, Victoria Ave, Whanganui||
Tying back the columns and balustrade to the façade, restraining side parapets to roof and tying with the front parapet.
|85 Devon Street East, New Plymouth||Steel bracing to all levels of the building with strengthened diaphragms, foundations and walls.||$200,000|
|Upgrading foundations, bracing work including steel portals and a shear wall.||
|Albemarle Hotel, Ghuznee Street, Wellington||Strengthening the foundations, shear walls and diaphragms.||$60,000|
|Ashleigh Court, 112-122 Riddiford Street, Newtown, Wellington||Tying back parapets, strengthening unreinforced masonry internal walls.||$183,171|
|Erskine Chapel, 23 Avon Street, Island Bay, Wellington||Strengthening external buttresses, unreinforced masonry walls and gables, and installing new diaphragms on two levels.||$250,000|
|Farmers building, 94-102 Cuba Street, Wellington||Foundatons, steel frame, new diaphragms and façade strengthening.||$250,000|
|Ford Motor Company Workshop, Lower Hutt||Upgrading the foundations and columns, installing shear walls and bracing.||$273,448|
|TG Macarthy building, Cuba Street, Wellington||Upgrading foundations, shear walls, diaphragms and tying back the façade.||$250,000|
|126 Cuba Street, Wellington||Installation of a substantial internal multi-level bracing element plus diaphragm strengthening and brickwork strengthening.||$100,000|
|251-255 Cuba Street, Wellington||Strengthening internal concrete walls, securing façades and spandrel.||$31,498|
|200 Willis Street, Wellington||Fixing of unreinforced masonry elements including brick walls. Strengthening roof and floor diaphragms, and installation of steel bracing.||$294,857|
Stage 1: Securing masonry parapets to the roof trusses, retrofitting roof and wall bracing.
Stage 2: Strengthening of the ground floor brick infill walls with helical ties.
Stage 1: $94,700
Stage 2: $80,000
|State Cinema, 89-95 Trafalgar Street, Nelson||Parapet tying into internal shear wall.||$58,917|
|Hurunui Hotel, North Canterbury||Strengthening work, including the repair of stonework.||$132,503|
Installation of roof diaphragms, repairing and tying brickwork, improving connections between the roof, walls and floor, installing brace framing.
|Milton Street Substation, Christchurch||Structural steel brace framing, strengthening the street facing parapet, and tying the brick masonry infill walls.||$186,709|
|Marshall Building, 26 Tees Street, Oamaru||
Steel bracing, floor diaphragms, and securing work for the façade and parapet.
|Strengthening one of its floors, as part of a major refit.||$12,000|
St James Theatre has been awarded $1.5 million. The grant will contribute towards the costs of foundation piling and substructure works, in preparation for base isolation.
The St James Theatre was built in 1928 to replace the Fullers Opera House which had been destroyed by fire in 1926. Designed by Henry Eli White, it was intended to host travelling vaudeville acts. Projection equipment was added in 1929 to allow the theatre to show films.
The building includes traditional theatre elements such as three steep tiers of seating, boxes and high quality acoustics in the main auditorium. The interior is a Spanish Colonial style featuring statuettes, marble steps and elaborate lighting.
St James Theatre is listed as a Category 1 historic place on the New Zealand Heritage List. The building is also scheduled as Category A building on the Auckland Unitary Plan.
The Former Post Office is the oldest surviving building in Onehunga’s business centre. It is listed as a Category 2 Historic Place by Heritage New Zealand and a Category A historic heritage place by Auckland City Council.
The building was designed by government architect John Campbell, in the Edwardian Baroque style. It was constructed in 1901 and is an early example of a number of post offices he designed.
The post office operated for over 70 years and, although the building was threatened with demolition in the early 1990s, it survived due to community support.
The current owners have received $78,118 in funding from Heritage EQUIP. The upgrade project will see a number of elements addressed, including the installation of ceiling bracing, chimney and parapet strengthening and the strengthening of unreinforced masonry walls. It is anticipated the project will raise the building's structural rating to 85% NBS.
Once completed, the Post Office will feature space for a ground floor restaurant, with offices or apartments above.
The wider upgrade project has also been supported by the Auckland City Council.
New Zealand Heritage List entry - Heritage New Zealand website
The Gallate's Building has been awarded $14,753 to strengthen the unreinforced masonry side walls. This will be completed by bolting beams under the roof framing to connect each wall. This is a relatively low cost solution that lifts seismic performance of the walls to above 34% NBS.
The building was constructed in 1932 following the Napier earthquake. The two story building was designed by JA Louis Hay, in the Art Deco style prevalent at that time. It was built by Holder Bros and constructed from brick and reinforced concrete.
The building has been maintained in the Art Deco style and contributes to the iconic Art Deco streetscape of Napier.
The Gallate’s Building is a Group 1 heritage building on the Napier District Plan. It is also included on the New Zealand Heritage List as part of the Napier City Centre Historic Area.
Munster Chambers has been awarded $17,500 towards the costs of removing the internal non-structural unreinforced masonry walls. In addition to the walls contributing to building mass, they posed a risk to building occupants.
The building was designed by architects J.A. Louis Hay and Natusch & Sons, with construction completed in 1933 by Curtlett Construction Co.
Munster Chambers is a single story building in the Art Deco style. The perimeter is reinforced concrete frames with double leaf masonry infill. Internal walls are generally single leaf unreinforced masonry with a nominal amount of timber frame infill.
The building is on the New Zealand Heritage List as a Category 2 historic place and included as part of the Napier City Centre Historic Area. It is also a Group 1 heritage item on the Napier District Plan.
The building is currently used as a commercial premises by law firm Sainsbury Logan & Williams.
Mid City Plaza is a collection of interconnected buildings located between Emerson Street and Dickens Street in Napier. A project to strengthen the Dickens Street building has been awarded $150,000. The grant will contribute to the costs of:
- removing the unreinforced concrete first floor and replacing with a timber diaphragm structure
- steel bracing on the first floor
- constructing ground floor foundations and shear walls.
The two story building on Dickens Street was designed by EA Williams and constructed for the Hawke’s Bay Farmers Co-operative Association. It was built in the early 1920's and survived the 1931 Napier earthquake.
The building consists of reinforced concrete columns and beams. The side and rear elevations are a plain plaster finish over concrete. The original façade has been altered since the 1920’s with the addition of a veranda and alterations to the original steel framed windows.
The Dickens Street building is a Group 1 heritage item on the Napier District Plan. It is also included on the New Zealand Heritage List as part of the Napier City Centre Historic Area.
The National Tobacco Company building has been awarded $10,000 towards parapet strengthening.
The building was originally used as a tobacco processing factory, but will soon be home to a craft brewery and urban winery. The art deco entrance was designed and built after the original structure was damaged in the 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake and the iconic design has made this building a major tourist attraction.
The building is a Category 1 historic place on the New Zealand Heritage List.
The seismic upgrade of a rare example of international style architecture in Napier has been awarded $52,632 in funding.
The building was built as the offices of the Automobile Association in 1939. It was designed by LG Williams, who also worked on the Hawke's Bay Museum and Art Gallery building opposite. It now operates as backpackers' accommodation, serving tourists, seasonal workers and other visitors to Napier.
Archies Bunker is a contributing building to the Napier City Centre Historic Area listed with Heritage New Zealand.
The Bank of New South Wales upgrade project was awarded a $230,637 grant. The building owners have investigated 34% NBS and 67% NBS strengthening options that include:
- tying back the façade and parapet
- installing shear walls
- adding new diaphragms
- installing cross bracing
Designed by Wellington architects Crichton and McKay, the building was constructed in 1910 by local builders Russell and Bignell.
The two story building has unreinforced clay brick masonry walls and timber joinery. The internal banking chamber features an impressive Wunderlich pressed steel ceiling and concrete columns with plaster ornamentation.
The Bank of New South Wales building is listed as a Category 2 historic place on the New Zealand Heritage List and a Class B heritage item on the council’s district plan.
The AE Kitchen building has been awarded $15,700. The grant will contribute towards the costs of:
- tying back the decorative façade columns to the façade
- tying the balustrade to the façade
- restraining the side parapets to the roof and tying with the front parapet.
The AE Kitchen building was constructed by Nicolas Meuli in 1909. The two storey unreinforced clay brick masonry building is a classic example of Edwardian Baroque architecture.
The building was originally constructed as a pharmacy for Albert Edward Kitchen. It has remained largely unchanged, both internally and externally, since it was built. Today, the ground floor is used as a retail space and the first floor has been refitted as residential accommodation.
The AE Kitchen building is listed as a heritage building in the council’s district plan. It occupies a prominent position on Whanganui’s main shopping street and is an important contribution to the historic townscape.
This building, known as the Red Post Building, has been awarded $200,000 in Heritage EQUIP funding.
One of the last remaining heritage buildings in this part of Devon Street East, this building is notable for the fact that a furniture retailer operated from the ground floor for most of the 20th century.
The recent New Plymouth District Council District Plan Review proposes to include the building as a Category A heritage building.
Two connected buildings located along Petone’s main shopping street have been awarded $100,000. The grant will be used towards foundation and bracing work including steel portals and a shear wall. The owners fast-tracked seismic upgrade work because Hutt City Council required façade-strengthening under amendments made to the Building Act after the Hurunui/Kaikoura earthquakes.
Designed by prominent New Zealand architect William Gray Young, both buildings were constructed in 1926. The buildings contribute to the Heritage New Zealand listed Jackson Street Historic Area and the heritage area scheduled in the district plan.
Once upgraded, the buildings will provide four retail spaces on the ground floor and four residential spaces on the first floor.
The Albemarle Hotel upgrade project was awarded $60,000. The comprehensive upgrade project includes strengthening the foundations, shear walls and diaphragms.
Designed by architect James Bennie and built in 1906, the hotel has unreinforced masonry brick walls, timber floors and a timber roof. It features an ornate façade and octagonal cupola that has had previous strengthening work.
The building changed hands a number of times, and was known as the unofficial headquarters of the leaders of the 1913 Great Strike.
With both architectural and social significance, the building is listed as a Category 2 historic place on the New Zealand Heritage List and a heritage building in the council’s district plan.
The upgrade project of Ashleigh Court has been awarded $183,171 in funding, in order for earthquake strengthening to take place which will see the building achieve 67% of the new building standard (NBS).
Ashleigh Court, which sits at the juncture of Riddiford and Rintoul Streets in Newtown, represents one of suburban Wellington’s most important buildings. Completed in 1908, the three-story stone masonry building was the boldest and most elaborate project devised by builder-developers John Thomas Hawthorn and Colin Campbell Crump.
Ashleigh Court’s size, height and distinctive triangular shape has meant the building has been a prominent feature of Newtown for over 100 years. It has always contained ground-level commercial spaces with private accommodation on the upper floors, although the building has been altered over the years to suit different uses.
It is listed as a Category 1 Historic Place by Heritage New Zealand and a heritage listed building in the Wellington City Council district plan.
Strengthening works will include tying the parapets and strengthening unreinforced masonry internal walls. The wider upgrade project has also been supported by Wellington City Council.
The Erskine Chapel upgrade project was awarded a $250,000 grant.
The chapel has exceptional architectural, historical and social significance and as such, is listed as a Heritage New Zealand Category 1 Historic Place and recognised in the Wellington City Council Heritage List, while the entire site is subject to a Heritage Order in the council’s district plan.
The chapel sits on the site of the former Erskine College in Island Bay, Wellington. It was designed by John Sydney Swan, one of Wellington’s most important architects of the early twentieth century.
Swan was invited to design the chapel in the 1920s, after originally designing the school’s main block some twenty years earlier. The chapel was constructed using unreinforced brick masonry walls, timber, steel and concrete, during 1929-30. The result is considered New Zealand’s finest French Gothic-style chapel, with a soaring vaulted ceiling, interior of Italian Carrara marble and exceptional acoustics – it is a light and airy space of undeniable beauty.
This upgrade project will see strengthening work take place to raise the building's structural rating to 67% NBS, including strengthening unreinforced masonry buttresses with steel, tying back other unreinforced masonry, strengthening gable end walls with steel rods and installing new steel diaphragms.
Once earthquake-strengthening works are completed, the building will be refurbished and return to use as a function centre and facility for the community to use.
The project has also received funding of $75,000 from Heritage New Zealand.
The Farmers building upgrade project has received $250,000. The building is a Heritage New Zealand Category 2 Historic Place and was designed by Joshua Charlesworth, a prominent local architect who also designed the Wellington Town Hall.
The building was constructed during the First World War from brick masonry and straddles the period between classicism and functional modernism. The building has a high level of original heritage fabric, despite several internal alterations to its layout, and is an excellent example of its time.
The building was initially occupied by Christopher Smith, a draper, until the late 1950s when it was sold to the Farmers Trading Company.
This upgrade project will see the seismic resistance of the Farmers building brought up to 100% NBS and return to commercial use, featuring multiple retail and office spaces. New ground beams, columns and walls will be installed, in order to provide seismic resistance while minimising the removal of heritage fabric.
Heritage fabric within the Farmers building will be retained and restored, including detailed pressed metal ceilings and other components. The exterior façade will also be renovated, with plaster moulds, detailing and wrought iron ties refurbished and retained.
In addition, the strengthening and preservation of the first-floor façade of the neighbouring building at 104 Cuba Street, which is listed under the Wellington District Plan, will take place.
Wellington City Council heritage listing
A project to strengthen Ford Motor Company Workshop was awarded $273,448. The funding will assist with upgrading the foundations and columns, installing shear walls and bracing.
Constructed in 1935, the industrial building has steel frames and an impressive North facing glass curtain walls.
The workshop was originally used to assemble cars from imported parts. During World War II the building was used for the production of munitions, explosives, and the construction of army jeeps.
The Ford Motor Company Workshop is listed as a Category 2 historic place on the New Zealand Heritage List.
The TG Macarthy building was awarded $250,000 towards seismic upgrade work on foundations, shear walls, diaphragms and tying back the façade.
Designed by James O’Dea in 1897, the late Victorian commercial building had an additional storey added in 1904. The building’s classical façade includes round-headed windows embellished with pilasters, architraves and keystones.
The TG Macarthy building is a Category 2 historic place on the New Zealand Heritage List and an important contributor to the Cuba Street Historic Area.
After the project’s completion, the ground floor will continue to provide retail space while the currently vacant upper floors will offer character office space.
Heritage EQUIP is providing $100,000 towards a significant seismic upgrade of this office, residential and retail building in the city’s iconic Cuba Mall.
Designed by notable Christchurch architect Joseph Clarkson Maddison, this building's imposing Edwardian façade is the tallest in this block of the Cuba Mall precinct. Earthquake strengthening completed in the early 2000s tied the building to its neighbour.
The building is a contributing building to the Cuba Street Historic Area listed with Heritage New Zealand.
251-255 Cuba Street has been awarded $31,498. This grant will contribute towards the costs of strengthening an internal wall, securing facades and spandrel weakening.
The property is listed as a Category 2 Historic Place by Heritage New Zealand and is a good example of modern/art deco construction in Wellington’s Cuba Street Historic Area.
Built in 1935 for the Downes family, 251-255 Cuba Street has always been a mixed-use building with space for apartments and businesses. The building was constructed from reinforced concrete, with the external wrought iron balconies and beaded parapet making up its main heritage features.
The building has been altered a number of times since it was constructed, although the façade remains much as it was originally designed.
Once seismic works are completed, the building will continue to operate with three commercial premises on the ground floor and four 2-bedroom flats above. The upgrade project will take the building's structural rating to 70% NBS.
The former Red Cross Building has been awarded $294,857 of Heritage EQUIP funding for a comprehensive seismic upgrade.
The prominent Edwardian-era Tudor-style building was designed by William Turnbull and completed in 1908. Originally built as a residence and surgery for the well-respected surgeon Sir Donald McGavin, it later became home to the United Industries Club for women and girls, before it was sold to the Red Cross. Most recently the building has had residential and office uses.
The building is a Category 1 historic place on the New Zealand Heritage List and scheduled as a heritage building in the Wellington District Plan.
Stage one of the former New Zealand Insurance company (NZI) building upgrade project was awarded $94,700. The grant contributed towards:
- securing the masonry parapets to the roof trusses
- retrofitting roof and wall bracing to restrain columns and distribute their loads.
Stage two of the project was supported with $80,000 of funding for works to strengthen the ground floor masonry infill walls against pounding by the building adjacent.
The building is currently used as a restaurant and office space. Lambretta’s Café Bar, the ground floor tenant, will vacate the building while ground floor works are completed as part of stage two.
Designed in a Modern Neoclassical style by Gummer & Ford and Nelson architect Alexander Bowman, the building was constructed for the New Zealand Insurance company in 1956.
The two-storey building was built by C Gibbons and made from concrete, brick and steel. It has an L-shaped footprint and mono-pitch roof concealed by a plain parapet. ‘Curtain-wall’ fenestration on the north-facing façade is recessed behind two large freestanding columns with bronze detailing at capital and base.
The building is registered on the New Zealand Heritage List as a Category 2 historic place and a Heritage Category C in the council’s district plan.
The State Cinema project received $58,917 to contribute towards the strengthening of the street-facing front parapet.
The State Chambers Building, which incorporates the State Cinema, is a Category 2 Historic Place and Group B heritage building in the Nelson Resource Management Plan.
This building is one of Nelson’s largest commercial heritage assets and is located on the city’s main shopping thoroughfare, Trafalgar Street. It was built in 1936 out of steel reinforced concrete and has operated as a cinema since that time. It is the only art deco building of significance on the main street.
The Heritage EQUIP grant of $58,917 will support the owners to complete this final stage of the cinema’s ongoing strengthening programme.
The Hurunui Hotel was awarded $132,503 towards strengthening work including the repair of stonework damaged in the Hurunui/Kaikoura earthquakes.
Built in 1868, the Hurunui Hotel holds one of the oldest operating licences in New Zealand. The two-storey building was constructed from layers of local hand-hewn limestone blocks packed with a mixture of tussock, clay and lime.
The hotel is a Category 1 historic place on the New Zealand Heritage List and listed as an archaeological site.
The Pumphouse upgrade project has been awarded $200,000. The grant will contribute to the costs of:
- installation of roof diaphragms
- repairing and tying brickwork
- improving connections between the roof, walls and floor
- installing brace framing.
The Pumphouse is made up of a collection of buildings that were the former Waterworks Pumping Station. The pumping station was built in the 1870s to resolve the city’s sewage and drainage problems.
The buildings have gabled roofs, restrained classical detailing constructed with Oamaru stone, distinctive arched windows and doors, multi paned steel windows and round windows in some of the gables. The roofs are a combination of slate and corrugated iron.
From 1923 to 1989 the site was used as the drainage board workshops. Since 1990 a demolition business has operated on the site.
The Pumphouse is listed on the New Zealand Heritage List as a Category 2 historic place. It is also listed on the council's district plan.
One of Christchurch’s largest early substations will be strengthened with the support of $186,709 in Heritage EQUIP funding.
The building is the largest of the ornamental, classically influenced substations built in Christchurch during the 1920s and 1930s. A significant landmark for this part of the city, much of the architectural detailing on the building is unique.
The building has a Group 2 listing in the Christchurch District Plan Schedule of Significant Historic Heritage.
The Marshall Building upgrade project was awarded $48,000 towards steel bracing, floor diaphragms, and securing work for the façade and parapet.
Designed in the 1880s by prominent architectural firm Forrester and Lemon, the two-storey commercial building features an ornate Oamaru Stone façade.
Located within the Heritage New Zealand listed Oamaru Historic Area, the building is currently empty and badly deteriorated. Once strengthened, the building will be converted into accommodation for visitors to Oamaru.
The former Union Steamship Company Store has been awarded $12,000 towards strengthening one of its floors, as part of a major refit.
The Union Steamship Company store was originally a warehouse for the South Pacific shipping company. The restoration project will see the building turned into apartments and offices and comprise yet another success story in the revitalisation of Dunedin’s warehouse precinct.
The Union Steamship Company Offices and Stores are a Category 1 historic place on the New Zealand Heritage List.