Dannevirke Service Centre - Earthquake Strengthening

This project aims to improve the earthquake rating of this Council-owned building at 26 Gordon Street, and to ensure a safe environment for staff and public.

This building was originally built in 1963 and has been altered several times since. It’s generally a lightweight steel and timber framed structure but it also features heavier masonry walls and brick veneers over timber framing in some areas. The earthquake rating has been assessed by Beca Limited (Beca) as less than 34% of the New Building Standards.

Council has asked Beca for advice on upgrading the building to greater than 34% National Building Standards and to Importance Level (IL) 4, which is the importance level required to use the building after a disaster (say, as a civil defence centre).

The roof also needs attention as the internal guttering fills with debris and causes flooding inside the building.

Initial advice was received in January 2019 and Council has asked Beca for additional detailed advice.


Why are we doing this?

  • to improve the earthquake rating of the Council building in Dannevirke
  • to ensure a safe environment for staff and the public

Council has asked Beca for advice on upgrading the building to greater than 34% National Building Standards and to Importance Level (IL) 4, which is the importance level required to use the building after a disaster (say, as a civil defence centre)

The roof also needs attention as the internal guttering fills with debris and causes flooding inside the building.


What are we doing?

  • Masonry block veneer at the north-east corner
  • Partially filled masonry walls in north-south direction
  • Roof on front of the building
  • Council is waiting on detailed advice before determining the actual work that will be completed

When is this happening?

20 December 2021:

Customer Services will be temporarily relocating from 26 Gordon Street to the Tararua Business Network, 40 Denmark Street until further notice (Just across the road!).

To help you know the change, there will be signs outside the Tararua Business Network, pointing you towards the new Customer Services entry. There will be no disruptions to our service during this time.

31 January 2022:

Work begins on the Dannevirke Service Centre. There will be Traffic Management operational around the worksite. We do not anticipate any road closures at this moment in time.

Please note: Parking around the property will be restricted and/or unavailable during construction.