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$19m Lopdell House plan backed


A $19 million project to revamp Titirangi's Lopdell House, strengthen its frame and build a carpark and art gallery next door, has won Auckland Council backing. Bold plans for the heritage arts centre emerged eight years ago after new earthquake resistance standards came in and its 1930 masonry structure was found lacking. The council will put in $12.3 million for strengthening and restoration of the hilltop building under an agreement between the council's strategy and finance committee and the Waitakere Ranges Local Board. Lopdell House Development Trust chairman Terry Bates said work on the first stage - the carpark - may begin next week. In the meantime, the detailed design for the heritage works would be finalised in order to give a better idea of costs. "It's hard to pin down the cost of the seismic strengthening and restoration. "We have always taken the view that the old girl has probably got a few surprises for us."

"But the driver for all of this is that people love the building." Mr Bates said the trust was grateful to the former Waitakere City Council, which owned the building from 1983, for recommending the project to its successor for priority in the funding queue. "We are hopeful of getting $5 million to $6 million from the Portage Licensing Trust, which has expressed strong support and we have a firm commitment from the ASB Trust for $750,000." A feature of the design by Mitchell and Stout Architects is to remove old top floor additions for a rooftop terrace. This viewing area was a popular feature when the Mediterranean-style building was a luxury hotel. It has also been a nightclub, a school for the deaf and an Education Department training centre. The present gallery is in the old hotel dining room and cannot offer the controlled environment that major galleries expect when lending their works.
 
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Titirangi's Lopdell House stepping out with $20 million makeover

The $20 million revamp of Titirangi's Lopdell House is stepping up in the New Year with work starting on strengthening its frame and refurbishing the building. A feature of the design by Mitchell and Stout Architects is to remove old top floor additions for a rooftop terrace. This viewing area was a popular feature when the Mediterranean-style building was a luxury hotel. It has also been a nightclub, a school for the deaf and an Education Department training centre. Bold plans for the heritage arts centre emerged eight years ago after new earthquake standards came in and its 1930 masonry structure was found lacking. The present gallery is in the old hotel dining room and cannot offer the environment major galleries expect when lending their works. The Auckland Council has put in $12.3 million for strengthening and restoration of the hilltop building under an agreement with the Waitakere Ranges Local Board. Other funds have come from the Trusts Community Foundation, ASB Community Trust and New Zealand Lotteries Commission ... MORE
 

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I am very excited for this project being a Titirangian. :D I may pop up and photograph the progress so far (the new car park). It's not that interesting at the moment, but some before/after shots may be good :)
 
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I am very excited for this project being a Titirangian. :D I may pop up and photograph the progress so far (the new car park). It's not that interesting at the moment, but some before/after shots may be good :)
I love that part of Auckland - it is very pretty. I just hope that the restaurants start opening up the back of their buildings and making use of the views across the harbour. The last time I drove through I some refurbs taking place and it looked as if they were doing just that - can you confirm it ?
 

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I love that part of Auckland - it is very pretty. I just hope that the restaurants start opening up the back of their buildings and making use of the views across the harbour. The last time I drove through I some refurbs taking place and it looked as if they were doing just that - can you confirm it ?
The RSA has got a new deck that has some pretty decent views, The Fringe has this amazing window at the back. Funnily enough the best view in the village is from a carpark :/

I haven't seen any refurbs to the ocean side buildings, most of the people in Titirangi are content with ugly 70s architecture and boxed in, road facing cafes. Bleh. There were plans for these nice looking apartments a while back that were canned because of protest. So the site remains a car park and dingy public toilets. sigh... but maybe in 30 years I can take over, be a tyrannical leader and FORCE good development on the suburb. Then people will realise what they've been missing :lol:

But yes! I love the nice parts of it (and there are many) and will journey up with my camera and snap a few things.
 
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The RSA has got a new deck that has some pretty decent views, The Fringe has this amazing window at the back. Funnily enough the best view in the village is from a carpark :/

I haven't seen any refurbs to the ocean side buildings, most of the people in Titirangi are content with ugly 70s architecture and boxed in, road facing cafes. Bleh. There were plans for these nice looking apartments a while back that were canned because of protest. So the site remains a car park and dingy public toilets. sigh... but maybe in 30 years I can take over, be a tyrannical leader and FORCE good development on the suburb. Then people will realise what they've been missing :lol:

But yes! I love the nice parts of it (and there are many) and will journey up with my camera and snap a few things.
Yeah that is what we noticed, the car park has the best views but that can be said for NZ s a whole :lol: I am looking forward to your pics :cheers:
 

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The new two level carpark beside the community centre and library :)






and the view from the carpark.......more carpark. :eek:hno:




From Lopdell House. Not too bad. It's progress at least
 
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