Daily Archives: July 2, 2009

Channel 9 fun and news

2 July. Channel 9 news reminds us that the brand launch for Forsyth Barr Stadium at University Plaza is on tonight. The new logo has “spikes” (supposed to be the stadium roof, god help us) and “flowing energy” (I think ratepayers paid for that, no-one else could afford to be that maximised).

Eion Edgar will be there. He says the stadium is “the biggest thing to happen to Dunedin this century”. It would become “a national icon, not just an Otago icon”.

Oh. And then Malcolm Farry fronted, saying there should be “no concern” that NZRU is taking over the Highlanders.

ODT’s Simon Cunliffe profiled some stories for tomorrow’s newspaper: One on pile driving, “there’s the suggestion they’re going in too easily” !!! Another examining Dunedin City Council’s involvement in the Highlanders franchise.

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600 jobs. 35,000 seats. Yeah right.

And it will metamorphose into a butterfly…

### stuff.co.nz Last updated 11:46 01/07/2009
Dunedin stadium’s jobs boost
By Aaron Lim – BusinessDay

JOBS BOOST: More than 600 jobs are expected to be created during the construction of Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium. Stadium Trust Development director Darren Burden said today demolition and site establishment works were well underway, and were being overseen by main contractor Hawkins Construction.

The new roofed 35,000 seat stadium is being built to replace Carisbrook and is expected to be completed in time for the 2011 Rugby World Cup at a cost of about $200 million.
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Town Hall: Glazed cube and square for Moray Place

Updated post 7.3.13 at 3:58 p.m.

See pictures at ODT… By the way, the reference to the Louvre in Paris isn’t helpful. I like architect IM Pei’s work and have experienced it first-hand but the Louvre’s glass pyramid sucks, always has.

### ODT Online Thu, 2 Jul 2009
Town hall upgrade: from clip-on to glass cube
By David Loughrey
A cube-shaped glass entrance has emerged as the centrepiece of a $45 million revamp of the Dunedin Town Hall, part of major structural changes to the historic buildings.
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### ODT Online Thu, 2 Jul 2009
Changes for Harrop St
By David Loughrey
The car park area off Harrop St will be turned into a public space as part of the upgrade of the Dunedin Town Hall and Dunedin Centre. Plans for the area show grass and trees on the car park site, but Opus architect Jeff Thompson said more work was still to be done.
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Note: Seating in the upper gallery or top tier will be retained to show off the original seating of the Town Hall; air displacement vents will be incorporated under the seats to enhance climate control. Another thing, the cube has a set of internal columns (visible in the graphics) to complement the column detail on the classical facade of the Town Hall to Moray Place.

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### radionz.co.nz Updated at 9:49pm on 1 July 2009
RNZ News
New plans for Dunedin Town Hall revealed
New plans for a $45 million redevelopment of the Dunedin Town Hall and adjoining Dunedin Centre complex have been unveiled. The plans include a smaller, cube-shaped glass entranceway on Moray Place to replace the existing glass entrance erected in the 1970s. Harrop Street will become a pedestrian walkway with a green public space replacing the existing carpark. The council meets on Monday to decide whether to approve the design.
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### The Star Online Thu July 2 2009 (page 1)
Revised Dunedin Centre plans get the thumbs up
By Brenda Harwood
Dunedin City Council’s revised $45 million plans for redeveloping the Dunedin Town Hall, Glenroy Auditorium and Municipal Chambers have been greeted with relief by a former opponent.
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