Earthquake strengthening to get underway at Arthur’s Pass’ visitor centre

SPRUCE UP: The Arthur's Pass National Park Visitor Centre will undergo earthquake strengthening this year.

Significant earthquake strengthening is set to be undertaken on the Arthur’s Pass National Park Visitor Centre.

The Department of Conservation will complete the strengthening this year.

Arthur’s Pass DOC senior ranger Chris Stewart said a seismic engineering survey in 2013 identified weakness in four internal structural walls of the building.

“As a precautionary measure, these four walls were isolated, reducing our visitor information areas by about 40 per cent,” he said.

Mr Stewart said DOC is looking forward to being able to provide improved conservation and recreation information for up to 120,000 visitors a year.

“The display area has not been upgraded since 1992, so the team is also keen to modernise how we tell the stories of the
area’s spectacular natural environment and history as well,” he said.

The detailed design stage is expected to be completed by mid-April.

After the completion of the design stage there, will be a three to four month procurement process with construction set to start in September.

The plan is to open the new centre early next year.

The building will be closed during the refurbishment, and a temporary visitor centre will be set up nearby.

The draft concept designs are available for the public to view at the visitor centre or at DOC’s Rangiora office.

To view the plans online, go to  http://www.doc.govt.nz/news/stories/2018/changes-to-arthurs-pass-visitor-centre/

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