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Leaky building fix up to $2.2m
Very leaky: It will take $2.2 million to fix the Hawke's Bay Regional Council's six-year-old head
ROCKY LIVELINESS'' NOT A PROBLEM
Discussion on the leaky building repairs brought up other issues with the building, including
that the upper floors moved so much that it was like ''being on a boat''.
Councillor Alan Dick described the two upper floors as ''relatively mobile'' and asked Mr
Longman if that movement could contribute to damage to the building.
Mr Longman said a structural engineer had inspected the building and said the ''liveliness''
would not cause problems.
Councillor Christine Scott said it was ''a shame'' the council had not built a building ''staff
could enjoy working in''.
A review of the building in 2007 said there were no safety issues related to the flooring
system, however the floor had sloped enough that chairs could roll of their own accord,
internal walls were coming away from the side and walls and air conditioning units and
sprinklers were no longer flush with the ceiling.
The report, by Homes Consulting, said there had been remedial work done before its
inspection had seen the ''number and degree of defects significantly reduced''.
It said the primary cause of the problems was concrete ''creep'', which would decrease over
Someone at Napier City Council
should have been fired over the
faults in the regional council
building, councillor Neil Kirton
says. The city council's building
department was responsible for
approving the work at various
stages during the construction
The regional council's leaky
building consultant Kevin
Longman told the meeting the
biggest problems with the
building were that flashing
around windows either did not
keep moisture out, or was
Mr Longman said the faults lay
both with the manufacture and
the installation of the windows.
Mr Kirton said the Napier City
Council-issued building consent
''surely'' required weather
repelling flashings that would
protect the building and that left
the city council liable.
''Has anyone over there been
fired over this?''
He said that if not, he was
concerned that inspections of
the remedial work would not be
up to standard.
''Does Napier City Council have
people that are competent to do
Mr Adye said that while the
regional council was pursuing
only Herbert Construction, that
company had ''joined'' other
parties to the court action,
including Napier City Council
and window manufacturer and
installer Toop Aluminium.
The cost of repairing the regional council s
$10 million leaky building has more than dou-
bled, to $2.2m, substantially higher than the
budget allows , a report says.
So far, since its official opening in 2006,
$70,000 had been spent to try to stop the leaks.
A special meeting of the Hawke s Bay Regional
Council last week decided to go ahead with the
repairs -- but not without a lot of angst on the
part of councillors.
Councillor Kevin Rose said ratepayers would
be footing the bill, at least until the court decided
if the regional council was due compensation
from the original builder.
But we have to maintain the integrity of the
[asset] for those ratepayers.
The meeting was split into two sections, with
the public excluded from the portion dealing with
the council s efforts through the court to get
money back from the builder, Herbert Construc-
Most of the increase came from the council s
need to get a 15-year guarantee on the work,
extrapolating out to a whole-of-building life of 50
years. It meant windows would be removed and
replaced, rather than repairs made to the exist-
The $2.2m included $1.9m of physical work by
Mackersey Construction; $30,000 for contract
management; $120,000 for legal fees, and
$140,000 in other fees, including building con-
To date, another $175,000 had already been
spent on repairs to try to stop the building leak-
ing, including on assessment, professional and
consent fees, and legal advice.
The council had budgeted $1m for the work --
leaving it to find $1.2m.
The report, prepared by asset manager Mike
Adye, said legal advice was that on average 70
per cent of remedial costs were recovered
through the court process, leaving the council to
hope it would get back $1.4m.
Meanwhile, the council would use part of its
infrastructure reserve fund of $2.6m to cover the
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