Council buildings evaluated for earthquake risk

Nelson City Council has a major programme of work to structurally evaluate approximately 100 buildings and 40 other facilities such as toilets, sheds and bridges it owns for earthquake risk.

Nelson City Council’s earthquake prone buildings policy, introduced in 2006, adopts a staged approach to reducing earthquake risk, starting with identifying buildings that may be earthquake prone. Council follows the same structural evaluation process for its buildings that private landowners are required to follow./p>

The evaluation process comprises two distinct steps that measure the strength of the building against a new building’s strength.

The first step is a table top evaluation by a structural engineer who delivers an initial rating, which is then compared to a set of criteria to determine if a detailed evaluation is required. If the initial rating is above 33% of the New Building Standard (NBS), then no detailed evaluation is required.

If the rating is below 33% of the New Building Standard, the building is deemed potentially earthquake prone and a detailed evaluation may be required. This second evaluation involves examining the building in much closer detail.

As at August 2015, structural evaluations have been carried out on the following Council-owned buildings.

Number Street Building Initial rating (%) Final rating % Earthquake prone?
81 Achilles Ave Former Hunting & Fishing <20   No
101 Achilles Ave Hunter Furniture <34   Yes
  Anzac Park Anzac Park Cenotaph Moderate    
87 Atawhai Drive Founders Granary 42%   No
87 Atawhai Drive Founders Schoolhouse 36 N/A No
87 Atawhai Drive Founders Energy Centre >67   No
87 Atawhai Drive Founders Duncan House >67   No
87 Atawhai Drive Founders Windmill 40   No
87 Atawhai Drive Founders Chapel 43   No
87 Atawhai Drive Founders Jaycee room 40   No
87 Atawhai Drive Founders Port Building 63   No
87 Atawhai Drive Founders Anchor Inn 22   Yes
87 Atawhai Drive Founders Maritime Museum 46   No
87 Atawhai Drive Founders Tobacconist 38   No
87 Atawhai Drive Founders General Store 38   No
87 Atawhai Drive Founders Railway Cottage 47   No
87 Atawhai Drive Founders Cottage Hospital 32   Potentially
87 Atawhai Drive Founders Law 70   No
87 Atawhai Drive Founders Nelson Mail 70   No
87 Atawhai Drive Founders Bank of NSW 70   No
87 Atawhai Drive Founders Livery Stable 70   No
87 Atawhai Drive Founders Firestation 49   No
87 Atawhai Drive Founders Museum 70   No
87 Atawhai Drive Founders Baigent Workshop 70   No
272 Atawhai Drive Wakapuaka Crematorium 35   No
70 Beach Road Nightingale Library 50   No
26 Brougham Street Melrose House 35   No
26 Brougham Street Melrose House Garage 24   Potentially
  Connelly Quay Wakefield Quay Fishing Wharf 52   No
3 Cross Quay Marina Observation Kiosk 15   Potentially
23 Halifax Street Mediterranean Foods 8 30 Yes
3 Halifax Street Refinery Gallery (concrete) 11 11 / 30 Yes
3 Halifax Street Refinery Gallery (wooden sheds) 20 N/A Low occupancy
27 Hallifax Street Elma Turner Library 28  42 No
  Hardy Street East Botanics Changing Rooms 30   Potentially
  Hardy Street East Branford 1/2 Round Toilets 74   No
236 Haven Road Former Reliance Engineering <34   Yes
236 Haven Road Former Four Seasons <34   No
16 Hilliard Street Isel House 97   No
  Karaka Street Orchard Flats Community Hall 13   Potentially
  Nayland Road Broadgreen House 33 N/A No
  Neale Park Neale Park Pump Station 28 N/A Yes
25 Paru Paru Road Trafalgar Centre      
35 Puritai Street Stoke Library 99   No
25 Riverside Riverside Pool Frontage 15 >34 No
25 Riverside Riverside Pool (remainder) 65 N/A No
42 Rutherford Street Zumo 34   No
  Saxton Field Saxton Pavillion 80   No
  Tahuna Beach Nellie Nightingale Library Memorial 50 N/A No
  Tahuna Beach Lions Playground WC 47   No
  Tahuna Beach Lions Playground castle >34   No
  Tahuna Beach Lions Playground castle (shop) 47 N/A No
  Tahuna Beach Beach cafe and toilets 76   No
  Tahuna Beach Hounsell Circle Bus Stop 4   Yes
30 Trafalgar Street Trafalgar Old Grandstand 36   No
110 Trafalgar Street Civic House Tower Block 110 N/A No
110 Trafalgar Street Savings Bank Building 50   No
81 Trafalgar Street Millers Acre (iSite) 100+ N/A No
460 Wakapuaka Road Wakapuaka Community Hall 37   No
460 Wakapuaka Road Wakapuaka Community Hall ext Toilet Low N/A Low occupancy
300 Wakefield Quay Plant & Food 30 N/A Yes

More information

For further information about earthquake evaluations for Council buildings can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions - Council Earthquake Evaluations page.