By DAVID HILL
Waimakariri District Council meetings are set to return to the Rangiora chambers before the end of the year.
Work is close to completion in the Rangiora service centre, with the building expected to be fully open to the public by the middle of next month.
Finishing touches are being made to the $2.5 million revamp which began last year and has been delayed by Covid-19.
Carpet laying, plumbing and electrical work in staff and public toilets, as well as final electrical work and the HVAC upgrade in the council chambers are still to be completed.
Once completed, artwork will be relocated and signage installed, before the furniture is moved back in.
Councillors had originally set a budget of $4.3 million for a full revamp of the building, but scaled the project back because of Covid-19, with only the necessary repairs and upgrades completed.
Strengthening work has been completed, including the installation of a beam to support the roof along the western wall, and the mezzanine floor has been strengthened with the application of a carbon fibre reinforced polymer across the whole surface.
The work was expected to bring the building’s seismic performance up to at least 67 percent of the New Building Standard.
Further upgrade work is expected to be considered as part of a wider upgrade of the Rangiora council precinct, including the Trevor Inch Memorial Library as part of the Long Term Plan, with a tentative date of 2028.