Edgar Centre seismic work nearly done

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Bracing . . . Dunedin City Council property programme manager Andy Syme stands in the More FM Arena, part of the Edgar Centre, where seismic strengthening began this week. PHOTO: JESSICA WILSON

The final “piece of the puzzle” to strengthen the Edgar Centre has begun.

Seismic strengthening, which involved installing steel braces, started in the More FM Arena on Monday.

Dunedin City Council property programme manager Andy Syme said work on the whole facility was split into three stages and this was the final one.

“This is the last piece of the puzzle.”

Three courts and the arena will be closed for the work, which was expected to be completed in early March.

The building’s earthquake-prone classification would then be lifted.

Mr Syme said the council had been working closely with the Edgar Centre staff to ensure any disruption was minimal.

This timeframe was chosen because it was the facility’s quiet time, and it would not be safe to do it while it was busy, he said.

The budget for the whole project was $2million but Mr Syme expected the final cost would be “well within” that.

The final stage would cost between $700,000 and $800,000.

Strengthening of the main court area was done between February and April, and the main reception area was done between April to June.

Naylor Love is the contractor and the engineering consultant is Beca.