Zumo building to be strengthened

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The council-owned Zumo building is set undergo earthquake strengthening with an estimated cost of  $56,000.

Work is earmarked to begin on May 27 with bore holes being drilled today.

The $56,000 will bring the building above the minimum strength requirement of 34%.

The Chair of Works and Infrastructure Committee, Councillor Eric Davy, says “The tenant of the Zumo building is a valued tenant and we are delighted to have come up with a satisfactory solution to both the Council and the tenant.

“This is a prime example of how Council has worked hard to find a way of upgrading a council-owned facility, whilst still carefully considering the needs of our tenants and the wider community,” says Councillor Davy.

The tenant, Zumo, has been kept informed of the engineering issues and scheduled work on the building.

Allen Chambers, speaking on behalf of Zumo, says he is pleased with the outcome.

“The strengthening effort is a win for us, our customers, our people, and Nelson.

“We are working with Council to minimize the impact to our customers and our operations. At this stage, we are confident that a reduction in store hours is avoidable. We will know more as the detailed work plan is developed,” he says.

Council say they are working closely with the tenant to ensure that any disruption to the business is kept to a minimum while the works are carried out.