The iconic Henderson Civic Building is set to close from 10 December until the middle of 2022 in order to undergo seismic remediation works and an interior refurbishment.
The work and closure are unavoidable due to the nature of work required to meet national seismic standards.
It has also provided an opportunity to redefine the space to allow the customer service centre and council offices to move into the Civic from the adjacent Administration Building next year, after it was sold to Laidlaw College in 2019.
During the works, Council Chambers and meeting rooms, which house Henderson-Massey Local Board and other events such as citizenship ceremonies, will be held elsewhere. Henderson-Massey Local Board meetings will be held in the Administration Building until the works are completed.
Auckland Council Head of Corporate Property, Rod Aitken, says that the works being done at the same time will be an efficient use of the building's closure.
“As a place of significant community heart, we want to ensure the Auckland Council Civic Building Henderson continues to hold value as the core space for community and local services to connect, meet, and celebrate,” he says.
“While we understand and apologise for the inconvenience the closure will bring, it is also something that is necessary in order for us to ensure that the building is compliant.
"At the same time, undertaking the work needed to transform the current building into a customer service and office hub will mean that we can hit the ground running when works complete next year and the transition from the Admin Building will be a smooth one.
"We look forward to being able to welcome the public back into the renewed building in 2022.”