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Napier Aquatic Centre building requires strengthening

The Ivan Wilson building at the Napier Aquatic Centre requires earthquake strengthening following a recent seismic assessment.

The pool will continue to remain open until the strengthening work starts.

The Ivan Wilson building’s main structural elements achieved scores of between 25% and 95% of New Building Standards (NBS). The lower 25% rating occurred due to a lack of bracing in the north-south direction. The lowest rating is always taken for the overall score for a building, hence the 25% rating. A building with less than 34% NBS is categorized as earthquake prone.

The earthquake prone status did not mean the building was structurally unsound in normal conditions, but strengthening of the building would be needed.

A notice will go up at the Aquatic Centre today advising customers and users of the seismic rating.

A full engineering report had been completed and once detailed designs for the strengthening work were finished the project would go out to tender.

“The building is a relatively modern lightweight single storied structure with no brickwork or parapets so Council has taken a pragmatic approach and decided it is reasonable to keep the facility open until strengthening work starts. However we respect the right of individuals and organisations who may decide to go elsewhere until the work is complete,” said Napier City Council Chief Executive Wayne Jack.

Although two minor buildings are yet to be assessed, other buildings at the Aquatic Centre are not earthquake prone.

28 September 2015

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