Is Lawson theatre broken?

LETTER

Re: Both theatres are needed, October 4 letter.

Lawson Field Theatre broken? Really? If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it!

I would have thought that the Lawson Field building was of a good, sound, modern standard. It has gone all these years and survived the 2007 earthquake OK. So what is the problem all of sudden?

Some of these so-called earthquake strengthening rules are getting over the top. Some of the older 1950s-’80s building era is better than some stuff after the 1990s. The building is not rotten, bent or leaky — is it? Another case of the council hiding behind a consultant?

B.J. Moore

Footnote from GDC management:

Following the 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, Gisborne District Council undertook a series of seismic assessments on its buildings which included Lawson Field Theatre by Opus. Opus found the building to be earthquake prone (28 percent of IL3). These findings were peer-reviewed by Clendon Burns Park (consulting civil and structural engineers).

As a public facility that can house a large number of people, it needs to be strengthened to at least 67 percent of IL3. When refurbishment of the Lawson Field Theatre became a key project, engineers found the roof and cladding to be leaky and full of asbestos.

The refurbishment project is about making the building safe, and getting it to a fit condition.

Re: Both theatres are needed, October 4 letter.

Lawson Field Theatre broken? Really? If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it!

I would have thought that the Lawson Field building was of a good, sound, modern standard. It has gone all these years and survived the 2007 earthquake OK. So what is the problem all of sudden?

Some of these so-called earthquake strengthening rules are getting over the top. Some of the older 1950s-’80s building era is better than some stuff after the 1990s. The building is not rotten, bent or leaky — is it? Another case of the council hiding behind a consultant?

B.J. Moore

Footnote from GDC management:

Following the 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, Gisborne District Council undertook a series of seismic assessments on its buildings which included Lawson Field Theatre by Opus. Opus found the building to be earthquake prone (28 percent of IL3). These findings were peer-reviewed by Clendon Burns Park (consulting civil and structural engineers).

As a public facility that can house a large number of people, it needs to be strengthened to at least 67 percent of IL3. When refurbishment of the Lawson Field Theatre became a key project, engineers found the roof and cladding to be leaky and full of asbestos.

The refurbishment project is about making the building safe, and getting it to a fit condition.

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John Fricker - 14 days ago
So, if the Lawson Field Theatre is as dangerous as the old council building why wasn't that recognised before now and its replacement included in the current rebuilding on this site?
No doubt GHL will pay for it for us, you can't turn your nose up at another free building.
While the council is at it, why not go the whole hog and replace the hideous and no doubt equally dangerous Civil Defence building? Perhaps this project is waiting in the wings.
I suppose a total rebuild bill of $20 million was regarded as too big a pill for ratepayers to swallow at the time.
Profligacy by Stealth?

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