Dunedin’s Rugby World Cup games are over, so what’s next for the city’s controversial stadium? Kim Dungey talks to the man at the helm.
### ODT Online Sun, 9 Oct 2011
Cup over – what’s next for stadium?
By Kim Dungey
A roof gives the Forsyth Barr Stadium a “five-year advantage on the competition” but managers need to use that time to continually improve the customer experience, says Dunedin Venues chairman Sir John Hansen.
Using any advances in technology will be a key part of maintaining a competitive edge and particularly appeal to young people, an important part of the stadium’s future. As a first step, the council-owned company will soon install up to 200 screens throughout the venue, including along the concourses, on which it can run information, advertising and competitions.
Sir John would not comment on the stadium hosting Rugby World Cup games rent-free, saying the contract was signed before his company was formed but prudent cost control meant staff almost halved the expected $400,000 loss.
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This Dunedin heritage building was almost ‘Man Alone’, as others of its ilk fell to the sword. Now, thanks to its renovation, it’s good to go for some years yet.
Images: Graham Warman
### architecturenow.co.nz Posted 8 Sep 2011
Source: Interior – Sep 2011 (issue: 1)
Sympathetic renovation of Dunedin heritage building
By Michael Barrett
Dunedinites Luke Johnston and Tania Vorrath didn’t let inexperience in the field of heritage building upgrades deter them from taking on this project. The building in question, a late 1800s double-storey brick building, was looking a like a sole survivor in its neighbourhood, 50m back from the Octagon, that was giving way to carparks and modern mid-rise buildings. As an explanation for the building’s survival, Johnston explains that the “building’s significance is in its relative insignificance — it has remained defiantly original”.
Johnston’s idea was to turn this once-unloved building into a contemporary space with character aspects that the public could enjoy. Central Melbourne, with its lanes and lively spaces, was a reference point. The development brief was to revitalise the interior and exterior, providing accommodation for mixed modern uses — Vorrath’s Diesoline Espresso at street level and the boutique office spaces of Johnston’s advertising agency, BrandAid, above.
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Diesoline Espresso, 7 Bath Street, Dunedin
ODT Online 11.3.11 Heritage building use celebrated
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