‘Brocklebank building’, 189-195 King Edward St, South Dunedin

189-195 King Edward St, South Dunedin, owned by the Brocklebank family trust, is listed as item B363 in Schedule 25.1 (Townscape and Heritage Buildings and Structures) of the Dunedin City District Plan. The protection required is the facade to King Edward St.

This is yet another of Dunedin’s historic commercial buildings which, over the years, have suffered from a lack of regular maintenance and repair to maintain structural strength. Thus building safety and performance have been compromised. Despite being tenanted (until recently), the building has been neglected to such an extent the street facade has begun to peel away from the structure behind.

The fact of the building’s listing is reason enough for the resource consent application to be notified by Dunedin City Council. This will give interested parties a chance to comment on the owner’s proposal.

A recent survey of photographic archives suggests the date of build is c.1883, or possibly earlier.

An ideal project for Dunedin Heritage Fund assistance: preserving the facade to King Edward St.

### ODT Online Mon, 16 Jan 2012
Delays frustrate trust
By Mark Price
The owners of the condemned Brocklebank Drycleaners building in the main street of South Dunedin are frustrated at a five-month wait, so far, for approval to knock down the building. In August, the Dunedin City Council demanded the building be emptied of its tenants and fenced off, because the facade was unsafe.
Read more

Related Post:
13.8.11 Building facade failure: “It’s only the facade at the front that can’t be used”

In Marc Price’s Saturday magazine feature on South Dunedin it’s interesting to read that historic heritage is being given prominence in the city council’s ‘urban design’ project…

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


Filed under Architecture, Construction, DCC, Design, Economics, Heritage, People, Town planning, Urban design

4 responses to “‘Brocklebank building’, 189-195 King Edward St, South Dunedin

  1. Elizabeth

    The demolition of the building at 189-195 King Edward St is considered to be a non-complying activity overall under district plan rules 13.7.3 (iii) and 13.7.4 (i) because the building is located within the South Dunedin Townscape Precinct and the façade is listed on Schedule 25.1.

    An archaeological authority is required under the Historic Places Act 1993 prior to any ground disturbance, and for the demolition of the building itself given that the building pre-dates 1900.

    While the owner is aware of the requirement for an Authority for any ground works, they may not be aware that the building will need to be assessed by a buildings archaeologist to identify and report on management of any significant nineteenth century features.

    Note, further to comments by DCC resource consent manager Alan Worthington, published as a Letter to the editor (ODT 19.1.12, page 14):

    The comments fail to clearly state that the resource consent application is to clear the site and there is no proposal for a replacement building, at this time.

    • Elizabeth

      On 27 January 2012, DCC granted land use consent for demolition of the Brocklebank building at 191 King Edward St, South Dunedin (includes auxiliary addresses of 189 to 195 King Edward St).

      The consent application was processed by City Planning on a non notified basis.

      LUC-2011-567 [DOC]

      Copy of Approved Plans: Not to Scale

      There are several matters that flare with senior planner Campbell Thomson’s statements in the consent document. I won’t list them all. They include DCC / City Planning reducing NZHPT’s responsibilities to (just) Archaeological Authority, under the Historic Places Act (HPA). There is little or no Council recognition of the other roles the Crown Entity carries for historic heritage and resource management under the HPA, appropriate to the consent application.

      Some time ago NZHPT was asked by City Planning to provide comments on the building, which were supplied; NZHPT was not formally consulted on the application before consent was granted. Interesting.

      NZHPT has affected party status for all proposed changes to a district plan scheduled building and or a listed precinct.

      DCC / City Planning has no right to claim there are NO affected parties (except to tip their hat at NZHPT archaeology) – that is NOT in the public interest where a listed precinct and a listed building are concerned. Here, DCC / City Planning is highly irresponsible. The Dunedin City District Plan is a community owned and consulted document.

      The district plan should be reviewed to disqualify the “do nothing” option (“no requirement to replace”) from meeting the permitted baseline.

      (Hanlon engineers) It is highly unlikely that the whole of the existing building facade needed to be rebuilt “brick by brick”. Hanlon’s assessment is flawed.

      In short, I can sum up the DCC / City Planning position as (one word) “expedient”.

  2. Elizabeth

    Demolition by neglect. Nice people.

    The story also appears on page 1 of this week’s The Star.

    It’s my strong opinion that – for whatever reason – the family misrepresent the process they’ve been obliged to follow according to the regulatory requirements of DCC and NZHPT.

    And, not for the first time. This is the third (or more) media wind-up they’ve engineered.
    They’re not worth wasting computing space on.

    They allowed their listed building at 89-195 King Edward St, in the listed townscape precinct, to become dangerous, putting the tenancies and public at risk – the facts start there.

  3. Elizabeth

    The ongoing mockery of the District Plan’s Townscape provisions and Schedule 25.1 – thanks DCC. Why have the Community-approved plan at all? A complete waste of ink, it has proved to be. A demolition needlessly brought about by the Council’s decision to pay for a “painting programme” in the South Dunedin main street – instead of seeing to a building strengthening requirement with assistance to property owners available through rates relief and the independently administered Dunedin Heritage Fund, to at least maintain the protected facade to King Edward St. DCC needs (another) bullet to the head.

    ### ODT Online Mon, 24 Sep 2012
    Building demolished more than year after order
    By Debbie Porteous
    The Brocklebank building in South Dunedin is no more – finally. An excavator rolled in and demolished the 100-year-old building early yesterday morning, more than a year after its demolition was ordered by the Dunedin City Council.
    Read more

    ODT could have produced a “paper-selling” story with this one… if reporter Debbie Porteous had the balls to ask hard questions of the players, including the owners! But no, she took it on a plate.

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