Band Rotunda community rooms closed

The community rooms in the Band Rotunda under the Fisherman’s Table restaurant are closing indefinitely from the end of June 2012 because of earthquake safety concerns.

At the recent AGM of the Oriental Bay Resident’s Association, a Wellington City Council (WCC) representative updated residents on the status and future plans for the community rooms in the Band Rotunda.

According to the WCC, an engineer’s report has found structural deterioration in the Band Rotunda as a result of the water seepage from the roof/windows into the concrete slabs. The WCC believes this has been addressed, but the water damage has already been done as evidenced by the paint flaking and carpet damage. The poor state of repair and the leakage problems have resulted in most users of the community rooms moving out into alternative venues.

In addition, the engineers said that significant earthquake strengthening needs to be undertaken on the entire Band Rotunda building (both the community rooms and restaurant). The earthquake-strengthening is unlikely to be done for at least another two years. Long-term use of the facility will be dependent on engineers’ recommendations regarding strengthening of the building. The WCC has yet to negotiate arrangements with the Fisherman’s Table for the period of restoration, but the restaurant’s lease is scheduled to run until 2021.

Therefore, the Council has decided to close the community rooms for general use on 1 July 2012. The Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club has generously offered its facilities for community meetings at no cost so the OBRA General Meeting scheduled for Thursday, 22 November 2012 will be held there.

Photo from the archive: The public will still be able to access the roof of the Band Rotunda via the external stairs after the community rooms are closed.

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