Earthquake strengthening to begin in May

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The Club’s earthquake strengthening project will begin in May 2021.

We are planning to hold the season prizegiving in the Wardroom on Saturday 15 May, with the strengthening work beginning the following week.

Despite the delays brought about by COVID-19, we have been fortunate to retain the funding support of the Four Winds Foundation, Lion Foundation and the Wellington City Council’s built heritage fund. The project could not proceed without their continued support.

The project would also not be taking place without the efforts of the Club Manager Jason Reid and the other members of our Earthquake Strengthening Committee, Andrew Dinsdale and Hamish Lobb. They will continue to be involved throughout the project.

COVID-19 has put the club under some financial pressure. But as a result of very careful management, we are pleased to be able to deliver this project without taking on any debt, and leaving some club reserves intact to guard against the ongoing financial risk caused by COVID.

What work is happening 

The project involves three key elements, all intended to improve the Club’s earthquake resilience:

  • installation of a steel portal in the Wardroom
  • installation of bracing on certain walls in the Wardroom and bathrooms
  • replacement of dux quest plumbing in the bathrooms
The bracing and plumbing works in the bathrooms are such that the bathrooms will need to be substantially rebuilt, meaning that the project will also deliver much needed aesthetic, functional and accessibility improvements as well.

Are we still delivering the full project? 

Yes. We’re pleased that with the support of our funders, and with careful financial management, we are able to deliver the full earthquake strengthening project.

Can we use the club while the work is going on? 

The Wardroom and downstairs toilets will be unavailable for the duration of the project.

The Winter Series will be unaffected, and we plan to open the members’ bar in the Boardroom after racing and on selected Friday nights while the work is underway.

We’ll share more information out about the Winter Series and our winter hospitality plans over the coming weeks.

How do I get more information? 

Please contact Club Manager Jason Reid or Commodore Pedro Morgan for more information.

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