Kate Sheppard Building THEN and NOW

Company: Neuchatel

One of the buildings identified by Wellington City Council as being at earthquake risk because it was built before 1976 when the first modern earthquake standard was introduced (NZS 1976), was this Grade II listed building in Kate Sheppard Place, Thorndon.

Having been completely refurbished and seismically strengthened, the building now has new Neuchatel Mastic Asphalt Roofing installed recently by Mohan Roofing Services Ltd, Auckland licensed installers for this product in New Zealand. This was to replace the original Neuchatel mastic asphalt which was applied in 1925.

Principal, Brian Mohan said it was intriguing to view the original contract for this roof (pictured below), dated 1925 and signed by an Andrew Fletcher, the cost of the new building at that time being ₤3904.

As the Mastic Asphalt Roofing is the strongest and most robust system available on the market, capable of lasting 50-60 years, the Kate Sheppard has a long life ahead of her yet!

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