Options Considered

2018 LONG TERM PLAN

As part of Council’s 2018 Long Term Plan consultation, three options were considered for the future of Rotorua Museum.

713 submissions were received on the Museum project, and of those who expressed a preference, over 80% were in favour of Option 1 – to fully restore and re-open the museum.

 

 

OPTION 1 – FULLY RESTORE AND RE-OPEN THE MUSEUM

Undertake the necessary seismic strengthening of the building to a minimum of 80% of New Building Standard (NBS), repair long term maintenance issues, upgrade exhibition content including digital capability, upgrade facilities to meet regulatory requirements, repair damaged services from prolonged exposure to hydrogen sulphide and replace the roof with a more lightweight option.

OPTION 2 – PARTIAL RESTORATION

This option would maintain the façade of the building, but the building would not be reopened. Maintaining the façade would mean the building continued to be a major drawcard for people to the Government Gardens.

OPTION 3 – DEMOLISH THE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCT A MULTI-PURPOSE MUSEUM

Over its lifetime the Bath House building has had several functions. The decision to operate a museum required many parts of the original building to be modified for housing and exhibiting art and taonga. Some believe a new multi-purpose museum should be constructed, somewhere removed from Government Gardens as the geothermal environment is a major challenge when showcasing artefacts/taonga.

OPTION CHOSEN

Option One was the preferred option to chosen to repair Rotorua’s iconic museum seeing the bath house building strengthened and redeveloped.

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