Downtown Carpark

NPDC closed the 268-space Downtown Car Park in December 2020 after it was found to be earthquake prone.

A detailed seismic assessment report classed the building as “high risk” because it met 20 to 34 per cent of the new building standards (NBS) brought in since the Christchurch earthquakes.

The seven-storey car park, which fronts on to Powderham Street, was built in the late 1980s in line with the standards and building codes of the time.

In April 2022, the Mayor and Councillors approved $5 million to earthquake-strengthen the building so it could be safely reopened for public use. 

The project is deep into the planning phase and earthquake-strengthening work is expected to take about two years.