The Dunedin City Council will be carrying our seismic strengthening work at the Edgar Centre in 2019. However, we have no immediate concerns about the safety of the public or users of the facility, and have decided to keep the facility open and operating in the meantime.
You may have seen media coverage recently about the Edgar Centre being an “earthquake prone” building.
This description has understandably caused some public concern about the Edgar Centre and whether it is safe to use in its current state.
In short, yes, it is safe. Under normal, day to day conditions, the Edgar Centre is as safe now as it has always been.
Earthquake prone buildings are not the same as dangerous buildings. A dangerous building would have been closed by the Dunedin City Council.
As the building owner, we, the DCC, want to reassure you that the Edgar Centre is a not a dangerous building. We have no immediate concerns about the safety of the public or users of the facility.
However, the building does have some issues relating to seismic strengthening – what you do to modify a building to make it more resistant to seismic activity, like ground motion caused by an earthquake. We are working with the Dunedin Indoor Sports Venues Trust (which governs the Edgar Centre) and Edgar Centre management to address these issues as efficiently as possible.
The current situation
Two detailed structural assessments of the Edgar Centre have been carried out. They found that some parts of the facility are earthquake prone.
Again, it is important to remember that this does not mean the building is dangerous. There is no greater risk to users of the facility than there was before the assessments were carried out.
The assessments also found that there has been consolidation settlement of the building. This means the floor levels have changed over time. The ground conditions causing the settlement issues are unrelated to the earthquake prone rating for the building. We plan to address these issues following seismic strengthening work.
Structural strengthening of the Edgar Centre is underway and should be complete around the middle of the year. Work has started in the Woolstore part of the building, which is the large courts complex.
We are working with the Dunedin Indoor Sports Venues Trust (which governs the Edgar Centre) and Edgar Centre management to minimise disruptions while the work is carried out. The centre is remaining open during the work, but centre users are likely to notice some extra noise and activity. The roof and walls will have additional bracing added, starting from one end of the building and working up to the other so that only a small number of courts need to be taken out of service at a time.
Design work for strengthening of the amenities building and the MoreFM arena is nearing completion and a programme for construction will then be developed.
Both assessments done on the Edgar Centre identified solutions to bring the building above the standard where it would no longer be tagged as earthquake-prone.
Designs are being done right now, so we can plan to modify the building. The actual onsite work will be done in 2019. We will be working with the Dunedin Indoor Sports Venues Trust (which governs the Edgar Centre) and Edgar Centre management to minimise disruptions while the work is carried out.
You can keep up to date with the progress on this page once the work gets underway.
Edgar Centre – What does ‘earthquake prone’ mean?
Edgar Centre – Our decision to stay open
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