Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Seismic strengthening of Cambridge Museum completed

Work to increase the seismic rating of Cambridge Museum to 50% of the National Building Standard has been completed.

Prior to the work, the museum building was set at 25% – 9% short of the minimum.

Waipa District Council property services manager, David Varcoe said the work was vital to ensure the safety of the people visiting and working in the museum, but also to help preserve the building’s historical charm.

“The age of this building meant we really needed to take care in how the work was being done,” he said.

Other improvements just completed include a new roof covering and internal timber bracing. The chimney bricks were also reinforced and the parapet and gable end on the façade of the building have been braced to the timber roof structure.

“We’ve had to balance safety with honouring the important historical features of the building’s exterior. Its listing as a Category 2 historic building means the exterior appearance must be maintained in its original state. Measures have been put in place to help protect the building for years to come,” Mr Varcoe said.

The museum building is owned by Waipā District Council and project was budgeted for in its 2021-31 Long Term Plan.

The Cambridge Historical Society Incorporated own the collections and operate the museum. A reopening date is still to be confirmed.

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