Wellington Town Hall’s Future

Interesting questions. Is the town hall really world class in terms of musical acoustics? Also do we know how many staff will need to be accommodated by 2018?

WCC Watch

Debate around the future of Wellington’s earthquake-prone historic town hall is rearing its head again after Wellington City Council CEO Kevin Lavery asked councillors to seriously consider whether it’s worth upgrading:

As Mr Lavery briefed councillors yesterday on plans to strengthen the 109-year-old building at a cost of $43.7m, he said the project was “an awful lot of money for zero return”, when what the city really needed was a purpose-built convention centre.

“Is it [the town hall] important enough to justify the amount of spend?”

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown said the town hall “wasn’t saved in the 1970s for me to swing a wrecking ball now”.

Short answer, yes.

Wellington lost most of its historic buildings in the 1970s and ’80s to gaudy modern monstrosities because of attitudes like this. It’s disingenuous to claim there is “zero return” for any upgrade to the town hall. As the mayor says it…

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