Good-bye to MALTEXO, Ward Street – Dunedin Harbourside

Dunedin City Council granted consent to demolish the old Maltexo factory buildings in Ward Street last year. The application was made and granted in November 2010.
There is no District Plan protection on the buildings. The buildings are not in a District Plan listed heritage or townscape precinct.
Doug Hall via his company Anzide Properties Ltd is the owner of the historic property. Mr Hall is well within his rights to pull the buildings down.
Demolition has begun.

Image ©2010 David Murray

About Maltexo
Maltexo history

In 2002 Dunedin City Council asked me to survey the wider harbourside for significant heritage items, I asked Michael Findlay along to help.
Maltexo was on the resulting list we provided to DCC’s then General Manager of Strategy and Development, New Zealand Historic Places Trust, Chalmers Property Ltd, Octa Associates and the three urban designers (one a former urban design lecturer of mine) that CPL had brought in on a limited competition basis to produce ideas for the harbourside redevelopment, way before the (troublesome) proposed Dunedin Harbourside plan change got wheels, er prior to them falling off…
So thanks DCC, thanks a bunch. Thanks too for not discussing the application across your departments.

█ Did we learn anything, people.

Related Posts and Comments:
25.4.11 Another outrage of trite ill-informed force of change: Maltexo, Ward St
6.2.11 Hurt Inside [photographs]

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

*Images: Maltexo (2002) – B/W’s by EJ Kerr scanned from copy documents


Filed under Architecture, Construction, Design, Economics, Heritage, Politics, Project management, Town planning, Urban design

8 responses to “Good-bye to MALTEXO, Ward Street – Dunedin Harbourside

  1. daseditor

    A tragedy for the City that another part of our industrial heritage will be destroyed.

  2. ro

    Are all three of these buildings going? Desecration!

    • Elizabeth

      Yes ro, all going.

      I’ve been talking to NZHPT’s regional archaeologist this afternoon, and as a result I have a couple of matters to check tomorrow morning.

      The consent to demolish has the condition that NO earthworks including no digging down into services can happen at the site. Should this occur, the property owner must obtain an archaeological authority from NZHPT.

      The lots (see the three buildings in David Murray’s photo at this post) are on the edge of the historical reclamation of this section of harbourside; and in 1893 there was a title issued for the site at the corner of Ward and Halsey Streets. It’s possible a turn of the century building sat on the site, thus the ‘no earthworks’ condition on the consent to demolish. As mentioned earlier, a pre-1900 site can’t be disturbed without an archaeological authority.

      Providing there is no site disturbance during the demolition work the archaeological provisions of the Historic Places Act are not triggered; this precludes any involvement of NZHPT at the site.

      The consent to demolish was issued by DCC’s Building Control.
      Building Control are not obliged to check the date or age of the buildings on site.

      Again, we get to see the murk tied to the lack of protection for industrial heritage – but multiply that across the city where nothing has been listed for any building, site or precinct in the District Plan. We stand to lose one hell of a lot of important heritage fabric.

      Can I tell you if a building or development is planned for the cleared site? I only checked the demolition consent yesterday. I’ll know tomorrow. Unless one of our readers can tell us.

  3. Stu

    Correction: Doug Hall, not Doug Hood.
    I can’t comment further on this due to a conflict of interest.

    {Thanks, a Robin Hood day. -EK}

  4. David M

    Once again significant buildings were not on the right lists and so there was no protection or even community consultation. Apparently as long as everything is legit by the hopelessly inadequate district plan etc we shouldn’t care. There are many sites of industrial heritage in Dunedin but few were so unspoilt or delightfully visually interesting as this one. The buildings were as wonderful as many of the treasured facades more easily appreciated at a superficial level. They will be greatly missed.

    According to the Maltexo website the Wilson Malt Extract Co. maltings were established in Ward Street in 1920 and closed between 1998 and 2000. The plant had supplied malted barley to microbreweries, food manufacturers and home brewers for many years, and of course there was the famous gooey concoction of mother’s tablespoon.

  5. Richard

    David M: after ownership passed to Gregg’s, it also became ‘the platform’ from which Wilson’s Whisky evolved.

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