Iconic clock is ready to tock

REPAIRED: The service centre's clock has been repaired and is being stored until the service centre repairs are completed.

The iconic Akaroa Service Centre clock will stay in storage until the centre repairs are completed next year.

Akaroa residents have been wondering what happened to the clock, which prompted the Banks Peninsula Community Board to ask city council staff where it was.

Community board chairwoman Christine Wilson said it was a matter of “curiosity” that lead them to ask the question.

City council head of parks Andrew Rutledge said the clock is in storage with a horologist – a person who works on clocks.

That is where the clock will stay until the city council completes repairs on the service centre – which is expected to be finished in February next year.

The service centre was damaged in the February 22, 2011, earthquake. The clock was removed from the centre following the quake for conservation work and to check all the internal mechanisms and paint the exterior.

Community board member Janis Haley said the clock has been a part of the service centre since she was a child.

“It is very iconic for the area, ever since I was a kid it has been there,” Ms Haley said.

It cost $8047 to carry out the conservation work on the clock.

Repair work on the service centre began in April last year and was expected to be finished by the start of this year, but has been delayed

The building is now at 100 per cent of the new building standard but remains closed while internal fit outs and plans are done.

Mr Rutledge said the interior scope of the works had changed and the city council needed to consider all of the users and stakeholders.

He said the process required considerable consultation then a redesign.

As a result, the completion date was pushed out ​until next year.

The first stage of the project involved scaffolding the building and making it weather tight, then contractors began the external repairs to the roof and external painting..

The city council budgeted $965,000 for the project. Mr Rutledge said $907,000 has been spent on the repairs so far.