The Masterton Town Hall has actually been closed after receiving an engineering report showing the hall framing just fulfills 20-25 percent of the earthquake standard.
The Masterton District Council (MDC) workplaces which lie in the same building are to stay open.
MDC released a statement on Wednesday afternoon stating an initial structural engineering report shows that its earthquake score is below the required standard and initial outcomes indicate that the reinforced concrete frames which brace the Town Hall are at a compliance level of 20-25 percent of the New Building Standard (NBS), listed below the legal requirement of 34 per cent.
The complete report on the city center building is arranged to be completed in July.
The Masterton Town Hall is housed in the Masterton Municipal Building which is also the home of council workplaces, the Wairarapa Civil Defense headquarters and the council chambers. Parts of the structure are 100 years old.
MDC spokesman Sam Rossiter-Stead states the decision whether the rest of the Municipal Building will remain open will be made when the final report is launched. This will likewise include the estimated length of time that the Town Hall will be closed for enhancing work.
Rossiter-Stead states the structure is structurally separated into three buildings and it would be premature to make any decisions on whether to close all areas of the structure until the final report is released, though the initial report had sufficient information making a decision to close the hall section of the structure.
" We've just actually just got this report and we're closing it right away.
" As quickly as we get information on the condition of the (rest of the) building then we will decide what to do."
Groups and organizations which have future reservations in the hall are being called by council staff who are helping them to find alternative venues.