An assessment undertaken to identify priority thoroughfares in the Queenstown Lakes District has found none in the Upper Clutha. Queenstown Lakes District Council has however identified four locations in Queenstown and Arrowtown as potentially priority thoroughfares with earthquake-prone buildings due to unreinforced masonry.
Council is required under the Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Act 2016 to identify buildings which pose a life safety risk due to falling unreinforced masonry during an earthquake and prioritise those buildings for remediation. These buildings are termed priority buildings and have to be identified and assessed within 2.5 years and remediated within 7.5 years for those in high seismic zone, and five years and 12.5 years for those in medium seismic zones
QLDC building services manager Chris English advised that to identify priority buildings, priority thoroughfares must first be identified.
“These locations have been identified due to their high pedestrian or vehicle movements along with having buildings on them that are fully or partly constructed of unreinforced masonry that may fall on those thoroughfares if we had a moderate earthquake,” English said.
“We want to know from the community whether they agree with this list and if any other locations need to be included”.
These locations are 1-38 Ballarat Street, 4-26 Rees Street, between 13-17 Ballarat Street and Searle Lane and, in Arrowtown, 12-54 Buckingham Street.
English said all thoroughfares and buildings throughout the district were assessed by QLDC as part of the initial identification process.
“This was using Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) methodology and no Wanaka or Hawea thoroughfares have been identified as priority thoroughfares. If this consultation is approved by council on Thursday, the community will be able to let us know if any additional thoroughfares need to be included on this list.”
There are a number of potentially earthquake-prone buildings in Wanaka and Luggate listed on the council website, including 70 and 71 Ardmore Street and 173 Upton Street in Wanaka, and 60 and 114 Main Road, Luggate.
“These building owners have been notified and have been asked to undertake seismic assessments which will determine whether their building meets the new standards,” English said.
If the proposal is adopted by council at its meeting today, a special consultative procedure will run from Friday, February 8 until Friday, March 15.
“After this proposed consultation, any building on these thoroughfares that has unreinforced masonry that is likely to fall on walkways or motorways in the event of a moderate earthquake will be deemed a priority building and remediation work will be required,” English said.