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Council votes to fix office cladding

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 12/04/2016

The Auckland Council has voted to start fixing its office tower, but it won't say how much the bill could be.

Councillors on Tuesday approved a budget for fixing the Albert Street's office over fears bits of the granite cladding could fall off the building.

But details of Tuesday's decision - including the expected costs - are being kept confidential to protect the procurement process, corporate finance and property manager Kevin Ramsay said.

The council bought the building in 2012 hoping to save costs during the merger of the Super City.

But despite being only 25 years old, there are already significant safety issues with the structure's exterior.

About half of $4.7 million already set aside for the fix has been spent of scaffold and platforms to keep the public safe and the rest will be spent on design and costing.

"We have been asked about recouping costs as the project progresses. This is something we will continue to investigate," Mr Ramsay said.

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