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War memorial Gates Tauranga Domain: Restoration

Restoration of these Memorial Gates at the entry to the Tauranga and Wharepai Domain was among a number of monument projects undertaken by Salmond Reed Architects in the lead-up to the Centenary Commemoration of WWI.

In 2014, a generous grant from the Lotteries Fund Board, enabled Tauranga City to undertake repairs and conservation work to the important memorial, erected and dedicated in 1921 to commemorate those of the district who had fallen in WWI. The Council engaged Salmond Reed Architects to specify and direct the conservation repair works, which were executed by Architectural Building Conservation Ltd.

Because the Memorial Gates have a Category 2 registration with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust (now Heritage New Zealand) liaison with Heritage New Zealand was an integral part of the process.

The conservation repairs included replacement of cracked and delaminated render and re-finings coat to all rendered surfaces, grouting of voids and cracks in

the piers and wall cappings, treatment of reinforcing steel with rust inhibitor, introduction of underside drip to capping of piers and wall caps, removal of corroding metal plates to brick lintels and the reinstatement and partial re-pointing of the brickwork. Conservation glue repair of the cracked 1919-1921 marble plaques mounted on the walls was carried out, the missing and vandalised lead letters were replaced and the plaques were gently cleaned. Finally, a special lighting design was introduced to enhance the memorial by night and the hard landscaping in front of the gates was replaced to reflect the original historic paving.

In conjunction with the repair works, Salmond Reed Architects also prepared a Conservation Plan recording the history of the memorial, evaluating its cultural heritage significance and proposing a policy framework and programme for its presentation, repair and future maintenance. 

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