KCDC Answers Queries

Kāpiti Council answers burning questions on Civic Building ‘upgrade’

By Alan Tristram

The Kāpiti Coast District Council has come up with a list of answers to some of the burning questions the public has raised about the new $9-million-plus Civic Building in Rimu Road, Paraparaumu.

One of the key questions they answer is why they called the work a ‘refurbishment’ or ‘upgrade’ rather than  a new building. So read on for the KCDC’s replies to common ly asked queries:

Why did the old building have to be upgraded?

It was a fire and earthquake risk and, with rotting outside walls and a leaky roof, was becoming a maintenance nightmare.

It was also cramped, didn’t have enough toilets, was poorly ventilated and difficult to heat.  It wasn’t user-friendly for the public and there was no disabled access.

Why an upgrade rather than a new building?

Council was advised that it would be much cheaper to upgrade the existing building than totally rebuild from scratch. A rebuild would have cost more than $14m compared with $9.2 for the upgrade.

Why did it look more like a demolition than an upgrade?

To earthquake strengthen the building, create more space and replace ageing materials the building interior had to be gutted.  We accept that took some people by surprise!

So where were the savings?

In keeping the foundation and structural skeleton, the most expensive part of a building.

What are the main features of the new building?

It is stylish, modern, safe and energy efficient.  It is expected to serve the council and community for years to come.

In what way is it energy efficient?

The building uses modern materials and smart technology to reduce power costs.

  • It has a sophisticated heat recovery, ventilation and air-conditioning system that operates on sensors
  • A ‘smart’ controller turns down the ventilation, heating and cooling systems overnight
  • Special glazing and wooden fins on the north east of the building are designed to reduce overheating.




There has been no change to the cost of the redevelopment. Pre construction costs (including design and quantity survey) totalled $570,000; the construction cost was $6.056 million; signage, fitout, furniture, drainage, audio visual equipment for the Council Chamber was $450,000; fees, insurance and general contingency totalled $456,000 and the cost of Council moving into temporary accommodation and back was $730,000 making a total of $8.26 million. This is the figure that was frequently used by local media. On top of this are streetscape and landscape costs of $220,000, Ngahina St carpark and roading improvements of $530,000, the cost of the Rimu Rd/Iver Trask Place inersection $170,000; and design, construction and installation costs associated with the external pou structures of $85,000. These associated project costs total just over $1 million making a total project cost of $9.2 million.

Wasn’t the building going to initially cost $6-7 million. I see now they have said it is $9.2m. I may have missed an updated estimate somewhere along the line.
I do agree they had to upgrade the building. The old one was an eyesore.