26 Jan 2018

Heritage EQUIP newsletter - January 2018

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Happy New Year and welcome to Heritage EQUIP News – providing advice, industry updates and information on access to funding for heritage building owners.

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Update from the funding assessment panel

The expert advisory panel meet in December to review the latest round of funding applications. Grants were awarded to projects in Petone, Hurunui and Oamaru.

Matthew Kidson, the panel Chair, said “we are really pleased with the geographical spread of applications. It is particularly encouraging to see applications starting to come in from the regions – where the economic case for strengthening is often made difficult due to lower tenant demand and lower rental returns. Heritage EQUIP funding provides an opportunity for these building owners to improve the economic case for strengthening.”

The panel encourage applications which clearly demonstrate how the strengthening work would address the building’s structural weaknesses, and how the work had been designed to minimise the impact on the buildings heritage fabric.

The next funding round closes 28 March 2018.

Find out more about the funded projects

Are you eligible for funding?

Our new eligibility tool helps you find out if you’re eligible to apply for funding – just answer four questions about your building. 

Find out if you are eligible

Tips for hiring an engineer

If you plan to undertake a strengthening project, you’re likely to be dealing with a range of professionals and tradespeople. One of the first professionals you’ll need is a qualified structural engineer. 

We’ve put together some advice to help you find the right engineer – what to look for, what to ask, and the services you can expect.

Read tips for hiring an engineer

Heritage buildings on show

Heritage EQUIP has assisted a range of upgrade projects around the country – and now you can check out some of these impressive buildings:

  • The A E Kitchen building is one of ten Whanganui properties opening their doors as part of the NZ House & Garden House Tours this February. Find out more
  • The former Union Steam Ship Company Store in Dunedin has been restored and provides office space and modern apartments. Two of the apartments are now available as visitor accommodation. Book here
  • The National Tobacco Company building is a popular stop for Napier's art deco tours. The building's iconic art deco entrance is claimed to be one of the most photographed in Napier.

If you have any feedback, questions, or topics you'd like covered in the next newsletter - please get in touch.

The Heritage EQUIP team