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Thursday 29 November, 2018
The Ashburton District Council
has today agreed to begin undertaking a detailed design of the remedial work
required on the Ashburton Art Gallery and Heritage Centre building, addressing
issues relating to the engineering and structural design of the building.
Council became aware of
intermittent water leakage issues at the building during some extreme weather
conditions since the building became fully occupied. Specifically, extensive
building investigations have identified issues related to weather tightness and
thermal bridging. It has also been determined that the air conditioning
system is not working to Council’s expectations.
Due to the nature of the
issues discovered, Council determined that expert advice was required and
commissioned Prendos New Zealand to undertake a full investigation of the
issues. The investigations identified three areas of concern being: technical
issues and design; water ingress and finishing issues; and mechanical services
relating to the air conditioning and heating system.
Council today considered three
proposed options to prepare a design, which included doing nothing, a partial
remediation, or a full remediation. The Council approved a budget of $65,000
for a full remediation detailed design to address all known issues and enable
the building to meet the required operating specifications.
To date, Council has taken
additional steps to ensure the protection of all Ashburton Art Gallery and
Museum assets. Precautionary measures include the regular monitoring of
temperature and moisture readings throughout the building, and the temporary
installation of dehumidifier systems, where needed, to maintain appropriate
levels of climate control.
“The Ashburton Art Gallery and
Heritage Centre plays an important role in our community,” expressed Mayor
Donna Favel. “Moving forward with a full remediation design will enable Council
to provide a building that will meet the needs of the Ashburton Art Gallery,
Museum, Family History and the people of the Ashburton District” she