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Defence House to be deconstructed

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 3/03/2017

Earthquake-damaged Defence House in Wellington is to be demolished.

The building's owner AMP Capital has advised the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) the damage sustained in the magnitude 7.8 quake on November 14 can be repaired but it's not economically viable to do so.

Defence House is in Aitken Street in Thorndon.

About 900 NZDF and Ministry of Defence staff will be relocated to the neighbouring Freyberg building by the end of next month.

"We are pleased to finally have some certainty around the future of Defence House," PSA National Secretary Glenn Barclay says.

"Since the earthquake, NZDF and Ministry of Defence staff have been located in temporary premises across the region and this will allow them to get back to work and plan for the future.''

The demolition will be completed by "deconstruction", meaning that the building will be taken apart in a controlled manner.

Long-term accommodation options for the NZDF and MoD in Wellington are under consideration.

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