Earthquake Restoration

Earthquake Restoration encompasses the preservation of historic buildings and the strengthening of non-compliant buildings.

Earthquake restoration is a specialist skill that Lobell has developed over the last few years. Having completed the restoration and earthquake strengthening on St Mary’s Chapel in Hamilton, our team has gained a wide skill set in this significant area in New Zealand construction.

Many of New Zealand’s historic buildings are non-compliant to new earthquake resistance regulations and require strengthening as part of their restoration. Additionally, a large number of more recent, but still old buildings require earthquake strengthening. Lobell have the knowledge and skills on our team to ensure that restoration, earthquake strengthening or any a combination of the two is undertaken to the highest industry standard and in compliance with the regulations.

St Mary's Chapel Restoration

St Mary’s Chapel in Hamilton East was built in 1926 on behalf of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions by Hargeaves, Stapleton & Rolfe, builders of Hamilton. The Chapel was designed by local architect, Jack Chitty, in the ‘Arts & Crafts’ style of rural English cottages.
Bob Peacocke, Project Director for the St Mary’s re-build says: “This project required a high level of understanding of heritage buildings, care and precision. We wanted to restore the Chapel and maintain its heritage value for the community. Lobell Construction proved to be very sensitive to this aspect of the building project.”