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2009 Awards Entries for Culture Heritage Conservation

NEW ZEALAND

 

Waterworks Building, Auckland

The Waterworks Building and its associated engineer’s cottage are located on the grounds of the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) in Auckland. The building was designed by William Errington in 1875 with the purpose of bringing water from the Western Springs Reservoir to Auckland. By 1928 the source of water had changed, and the building fell into disuse. It became part of the Museum in 1964. By 2000 there was a pressing need for conservation, as the roof was leaking and sectors of the cornices had collapsed, with vegetation encroaching upon the structures. There was an added intention of restoring the Scottish-made beam engine pump machinery to full working order. Prime Minister Clark officially restarted the engine in April 2008 at the opening ceremony.