Thursday May 17, 2018
Mayor backs keeping Basin Reserve stand A proposal to save, refurbish and strengthen the Basin Reserve’s heritage-listed Museum Stand will be debated and voted on by Wellington City Council today, with Mayor Justin Lester strongly behind the proposal. “I’m thrilled to announce that we are going to be making a decision on the future of this iconic Wellington landmark,” he says. “We want to retain the Basin Reserve’s place as the premier cricket ground in New Zealand and celebrate the heritage of cricket. “A central part of the character and history of the ground is the
Museum Stand.” The building and grandstand has been yellow-stickered and, apart from the museum on the ground floor, closed to the public since 2012. This followed engineering reports that put it at 23 per cent of New Build Standard (NBS), requiring it to be demolished or upgraded by 2022. Three proposals for strengthening have been prepared for councillors’ consideration. All would enable the stand to re-open. The cost ranges from $7.4 million to $11 million, and all options include strengthening the roof to
100 percent of NBS. The recommended option is $7.76m, which will strengthen the building to 50 percent of code. The funding will come from a reprioritisation of the $21.5m Basin Reserve Redevelopment budget, with the remaining funds originally to be used to install floodlights. With that project being put on hold, no new money is needed to upgrade the stand. The expected cost to Council will be $6.7m with the Basin Reserve Trust contributing $1m. The strengthened and refurbished stand will return the
An artist’s impression of what the Sussex St side of the Museum Stand could look like after refurbishment, including a new entrance for the NZ Cricket Museum and reinstated windows. IMAGE: Supplied
main entrance, staircase and exterior to the original condition, upgrade the stand’s public toilets and add two new accessible toilets. There will be spaces for the Cricket Museum and Cricket
Wellington offices. Cr Fleur Fitzsimons, the council representative on the Basin Reserve Trust, says the trust, council and other stakeholders are happy the stand will not be demolished.
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