The top three floors were set aside as apartments, thirty-one in all, and the remaining floors were stripped to be used as offices. The work was completed in 1996.
Howard Tong has been a resident at The Dominion since 1996 and a Body Corporate member again in recent years, and has loved living in the apartment in the central city with his wife Jenny.
The Body Corporate worked closely with Wellington City Council and Heritage New Zealand to get partial funding for the restoration work with the owners in the building making a significant contribution to demonstrate their support in preserving the heritage of the building and to restore upper-level cladding issues that were causing leaks into the building.
Howard says that initial surveys were done using drones in 2022, confirming the need to complete remediation work, which then kicked off in January 2023.
“Copper was removed, and this revealed compromised timber and rusted steel nails. The final work involved adding bespoke window frames for the lantern immediately under the spindle. By the end of July 2023, the work was complete.
“The wrap was removed but the scaffolding was left in place. Once it was confirmed that the Dome was watertight, the scaffolding was removed, revealing the fine craftsmanship of all involved.”