Thistle Hall Strengthening Work to Begin

20 March 2014

Cuba Street’s Thistle Hall closed this week in anticipation of earthquake strengthening work starting on Monday 31 March. Work is expected to take up to six months.

Naylor Love Construction Limited won the tender to do the work to bring the 100 year old building out of earthquake-prone status and to take it to around 67% of the new building standard (NBS).

“Thistle Hall is a valuable community asset and a listed heritage building. The work is part of our effort to improve the resilience of our buildings in an earthquake and for our heritage buildings to retain the characteristics that make them so special, for future Wellingtonians to enjoy,” says Wellington City Council Building Resilience Manager Neville Brown.

There’ll be small-scale internal earthworks to establish a foundation for new steel portal frames to be installed at both ends of the building. Steel bracing will also be fitted to the side and rear walls.

Originally built as a grocery store, Thistle Hall opened in 1907.  In the 1920’s the building was converted to a meeting hall and has been a venue for gigs, playground, movie theatre, classroom, studio and is now a vibrant community centre and public art gallery.

Thistle Hall is a Council-owned building and operated by an independent board.