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A public appeal may be launched this year to raise money to strengthen one of Wellington's best-known landmarks - St Gerard's monastery and church. The heritage-listed Gothic-style red-brick complex on the lower slopes of Mt Victoria has been assessed as earthquake-prone. The buildings have been yellow-stickered by the Wellington City Council, requiring them to be strengthened or demolished within 15 years. St Gerard's maintenance and restoration trust chairman, Gordon Copeland, said the church and monastery were about 27 per cent of new building standards. It would cost up to $10 million to bring them up to even 67 per cent of those standards. That was way beyond the sum anyone could expect to raise in a public fundraising campaign and he suggested it would probably be more realistic to strengthen the buildings to 34 per cent of code, although it was yet to be determined how much that would cost ... MORE
 

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A public appeal may be launched this year to raise money to strengthen one of Wellington's best-known landmarks - St Gerard's monastery and church.
One requirement of any support from Central or local government for this must be an expansion in public and community access to the grounds/buildings.
The last time I walked around it on the public path, there was a large number of "private property" signs that prevented any access to the lawns, which would be a wonderful public space with amazing views over the city.....
 

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Plimmer House for sale

Former 'Father of Wellington' residence goes on the market

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A 1870s heritage cottage in central Wellington, once owned by the descendants of the 'Father of Wellington', is going under the hammer.

The Plimmer House building, and the land it sits on, has been put on the market by its owner Maui Holdings.

The Heritage New Zealand category 1-listed building, which dates back to the early 1870s, was built for Henry Eustace de Bathe Brandon – chief clerk and accountant in the Stamp Department – and was believed to have been a wedding gift from him to his bride-to-be.

In 1911, the property came into the possession of descendants of John Plimmer, a notable Wellingtonian known as the 'Father of Wellington' and who is immortalised by a statue on Lambton Quay.

The 165 square-metre gothic revival-style cottage was constructed by Scoular and Archibald, who built Wellington's Government buildings. It sits on a small site on Boulcott St surrounded by high-rise buildings and is home to the award-winning Boulcott Street Bistro.

The cottage has been assessed by a registered engineer as having a NBS rating of 60 percent, therefore was not earthquake prone.

Bayleys Wellington real estate agent Fraser Press said Plimmer House had a "sentimental place in many Wellingtonians' hearts".

"There's something quite special about the way this beautifully-preserved relic of Wellington's late 19th century architecture is juxtaposed against the high-rise skyline of the city.

"Given the advances made around it, this property is a treasured piece of Wellington's history and one which has not been presented to the market in almost 20 years."

The fact that one of Wellington's favourite restaurants had been based in the building for close to 25 years, and had further committed to the site for the long-term, should give confidence to its future investor, Press said.

Source: CHLOE WINTER
continued here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/73440514/former-father-of-wellington-residence-goes-on-the-market
 

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And that was long before the doctor's house was moved to the corner, to make room for the Majestic Centre.
 

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Wrecking ball looms for historical Wellington defence buildings


Bulldozer Brownlee doing what he does best



Two landmark historically-listed defence buildings in central Wellington are earmarked for the wrecking ball. more

Source: Stuff
 

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That's terrible news. Having lost so much in Christchurch, I realise now more than ever what an impact losing buildings like this has on a city. While many of this ilk might not look like much, done up and structurally reengineered they become great assets.
 

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I would think this would be the opportunity for the Navy to vacate this property and move somewhere closer to the water - buildings are empty 90% of the time anyway.
Sell the old buildings to a developer and have them converted into apartments, with the opportunity to reutilised the open parade space as an extension of the park with a couple of cafes/bars.
 

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What a gem!! Once renovated it would make for some amazing digs for visiting movie stars to stay in while filming



Rumours that Sir Peter Jackson has bought Wellington's former Vatican embassy

Has the former Vatican embassy in Wellington been snapped up by Sir Peter Jackson?

The large brick building, which is located off Queens Dr in Lyall Bay, is surrounded by high trees and gates with signs warning people not to enter.

On Tuesday a neighbour said rumours were circulating that Jackson was the new owner. More...

Source: Dominion Post
 

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Wellington's former Red Cross building on the market


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The former Red Cross headquarters in Wellington is up for sale, giving history buffs a chance to get their hands on a 108-year-old heritage building.
The building, now known as The Manor, is on the corner of Willis and Ghuznee streets.

It was designed and built in 1908, after registered medical practitioner Donald Johnstone McGavin bought the site in July 1906. McGavin ran his private practice downstairs and lived upstairs. He was born in England and educated at the University of Birmingham. McGavin came to New Zealand after serving in the Boer War and being knighted in 1921 for his medical services in World War I.

"He was a a very interesting man," current owner Janet Mason said.

"In fact, he was one of the first people in Wellington to get their driver's licence."

In 1947, McGavin transferred the property to the New Zealand Red Cross Society. It remained the Red Cross headquarters for 34 years before it was snapped up by merchant banker Brian Stanley Alexander in 1981.

Just one year later, Historic Properties bought the property.

In 2003, it was sold to the Venning family, before Mason took ownership in 2007.

Mason bought the property, which boasts 10 bedrooms and five bathrooms, for about $1.4 million.

She was attracted by the history and craftsmanship of the building, she said.

"What really attracted me to it was that it looks like an off place to be in the city, but you walk in the front door and are taken back.

"It is said to be one of the finest examples of a Tudor building in New Zealand. It's extraordinarily beautiful."


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cont here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/76603903/wellingtons-former-red-cross-building-on-the-market
 

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Divine intervention: Wellington's St James Church becomes five stunning apartments







A historic Wellington church, once deemed an earthquake risk, has been resurrected on a grand scale.

The former St James Presbyterian Church in Newtown's Adelaide Rd, opposite Wellington Hospital, has been completely rebuilt to accommodate five new apartments, which have just been listed for sale by tender.

Architect Simon Novak of Novak + Middleton Architects, the firm commissioned to design the rebuild, says the project has been nothing short of "sensational". More

Source: Stuff
 

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Wrecking ball looms for historical Wellington defence buildings


Bulldozer Brownlee doing what he does best



Two landmark historically-listed defence buildings in central Wellington are earmarked for the wrecking ball. more

Source: Stuff
It seems like such an obvious development opportunity and easy leveraging off history...

Historically listed military buildings a few meters from the national war memorial...

ANZAC apartments... Hell-o...
 

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There's a big Wellington contingent on this list - Courtenay Place, Cuba St, Willis St, etc etc

Parapets, facades to be secured on 38 streets

The 38 streets where building owners need to secure unreinforced masonry (URM) facades and parapets from Hurunui to Wellington within a year have been identified, Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith says.

“The Kaikōura Earthquake has increased the seismic risks in Wellington, Lower Hutt, Blenheim and Hurunui over the next three years. It is therefore prudent to require them to be secured and to help building owners with funding of these high-risk, URM parapets and facades to secure them.

“The 38 streets have been selected by the councils on the basis of pedestrian and vehicular traffic and where the risks from URM parapets and facades are greatest. The next step is for councils to formally notify the building owners affected. Some owners may already have taken corrective work.

“The Government has established a $3 million fund to help building owners with the cost of securing the parapets and facades. I have talked to the Mayors of the four councils involved and am pleased that all have confirmed that they will make financial contributions to this fund, bringing it to about $4.5m. The fund will be used to provide a 50 per cent subsidy for the work up to a maximum grant of $15,000 for a façade and $10,000 for a parapet to help building owners with the cost, estimated at $9m.”

The Government is using its powers under the Hurunui/Kaikōura Earthquakes Recovery Act 2016 to require building owners to do the necessary securing work within 12 months.

“Many of the building owners in these four districts will already be aware of the parapets and façades which need to be secured, but notices from councils to the owners will officially start the clock for the 12-month deadline for the securing work to be done,” Dr Smith says.

“Falling unreinforced masonry is a major risk to people on the street during an earthquake as we saw in the 2011 Canterbury earthquake, when it claimed the lives of 39 people. It’s essential we’re proactive about this work so as to avoid a repeat of that terrible tragedy."

The targeted URM buildings are in the following streets:

Hurunui District

Markham Street, Amberley

Mountainview Road, Culverden

Hutt City

Cuba Street, Lower Hutt

High Street, Lower Hutt

Hillary Court (being the area formed within Hillary Court, Vogel Street, and Treadwell Street), Naenae, Lower Hutt

That part of Jackson Street between Cuba Street and Petone Avenue, Petone, Lower Hutt

Waiwhetu Road, Waterloo, Lower Hutt



Marlborough District

Alfred Street, Blenheim

High Street, Blenheim



Wellington City

Adelaide Road, Berhampore/Mt Cook/Newtown, Wellington

Bond Street, Wellington Central, Wellington

Courtenay Place, Te Aro, Wellington

Coutts Street, Kilbirnie, Wellington

Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington

Dixon Street, Te Aro, Wellington

Dundas Street, Seatoun, Wellington

Egmont Street, Te Aro, Wellington

Eva Street, Te Aro, Wellington

Ganges Road, Khandallah, Wellington

Ghuznee Street, Te Aro, Wellington

Hobart Street, Miramar, Wellington

Holland Street, Te Aro, Wellington

Hutt Road, Pipitea, Wellington

Kilbirnie Crescent, Kilbirnie, Wellington

Lambton Quay, Wellington Central, Wellington

Manners Street, Te Aro, Wellington

Miramar Avenue, Miramar, Wellington

Riddiford Street, Newtown, Wellington

Rintoul Street, Newtown, Wellington

Taranaki Street, Te Aro, Wellington

The Parade, Island Bay, Wellington

Tinakori Road, Thorndon, Wellington

Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington

Victoria Street, Te Aro, Wellington

Vivian Street, Te Aro, Wellington

Wakefield Street, Wellington Central, Wellington

Willis Street, Wellington Central, Wellington

Woodward Street, Wellington Central, Wellington

Source: Beehive
 

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pukeahu memorial park education centre













The former Home of Compassion Crèche was built in 1914 for the Sisters of Compassion, led by Mother Suzanne Aubert and is now the Pukeahu Memorial Park Education Centre.

The building was used as a crèche until 1975, when the Sisters of Compassion moved to Island Bay. The Home of Compassion Crèche was designed by highly acclaimed architect, John Swan. The style is a domestic version of the Gothic style often used for churches. It is of national, and potentially, international significance and is a Category 1 Historic Place.
The construction of the Buckle Street underpass required that the Crèche was moved north, and west to place it on the new street line. The double skin brick structure was strengthened, and supported on new permanent concrete beams for the move. In its new location, the beams are part of the base isolation system that will protect it from earthquake damage.
Studio Pacific wrote the Heritage Management Plan for the Crèche and were the architects for the move and exterior reinstatement. We were subsequently engaged for the interior fitout of the building as the Ministry for Culture and Heritage’s new Pukeahu Memorial Park Education Centre. The Crèche is now an integral part of the Pukeahu Memorial Park.

Source: Studio Pacific

This is great and everything, but given what I understand the cost of this was.... well, I'm surprised that some seriously more significant heritage projects are given a hard time
 

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Wellington Town Hall restoration edges closer as resource consent application lodged

Wellington’s Town Hall is on track to be restored and reopened in 2021 after a new $85m plan for earthquake strengthening was announced by the city council. More









Source: Stuff

and check out the great video images on this site also
 

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Wellington Town Hall restoration edges closer as resource consent application lodged

The strengthening work is scheduled to start in late 2018, with completion scheduled for 2021
I will believe it when I see it, the most important sentence in the article was
The council will seek expressions of interest from contractors next month.
To go from EOI to construction in less than 12 months for a major building like this, in the current busy construction and strengthening sector seems ambitious ( to say the least), but hey if they are prepared to throw heaps of $$$ at it
 

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Value 85m

I will believe it when I see it, the most important sentence in the article was


To go from EOI to construction in less than 12 months for a major building like this, in the current busy construction and strengthening sector seems ambitious ( to say the least), but hey if they are prepared to throw heaps of $$$ at it
to reach 100 % of code.

These sorts of jobs all ways uncover surprises.

Be interesting who registers.
 
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