Town Hall renovation now costing $2,500 per household

George Campbell reports:

The budget for Wellington’s Town Hall earthquake strengthening project has blown out by $37.1 million.

The opening of the building has been delayed until 2025. It has been labelled the most complex construction project in at this time.

The significant cost escalation, from $145.3m to $182.4m, is one in a string of many.

Since the Town Hall was declared earthquake-prone and closed in 2013, the cost of the work has grown from $43m, to $60m, to $90m, and then to $112m in 2019.

This is insane. The cost to renovate the town hall is now over $2,500 per household. The Council were warned costs would keep escalating but they just carry on burning up ratepayers money. already has a superb music venue at the Michael Fowler Centre. A second venue is a nice to have, not a must to have. Pipes that don’t leak is a must to have.

They are spending $182 million on a building that a small fraction of the population will ever use or go into.

It probably won’t stop at $182 million. Based on history it will probably exceed $200 million.

It was a bad idea at $43 million. At $182 million it is just a looting of ratepayers.

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