A free public meeting is being held from 5.30pm on Wednesday in the Hutt City Council building (through the wooden doors closest to the Town Hall) as part of the council’s festivities focusing on 1950s Modernist Movement architecture and culture.
Heritage New Zealand’s Alison Dangerfield will give a presentation on ‘Lower Hutt heritage’ as part of a panel of speakers for the evening. Other speakers will discuss engineering solutions for property owners and developers of earthquake prone buildings and legislative changes and the consenting process.
Good to see some growing interest in and appreciation for our modernist heritage.
The builder pricing stage is continuing, with input from specialist trades now being sought. The proposed replacement of the floor slab means that all the interior joinery and so forth will need to be removed from the building before that process can begin. The interior fittings are an integral part of Heritage NZ's Category 1 registration of the flats, as they demonstrate Miles Warren's "total design" philiosophy to all aspects of the building's in-and-exterior.
In addition to the 1956-7 block of eight flats, work is also continuing behind-the-scenes on the reconstruction of the 1902 brick stables building which was demolished in the aftermath of the February 2011 earthquake. The proposals are to either rebuild pretty much as it was, or to incorporate improvements drawn up by Warren at the time of the building of the flats, but never realised. This will involve an eventual resource consent process.
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