Owners of neglected buildings


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There are no surprises about the requirements on the separate owners of the Barron Building, N. & E.S. Paterson Building and Brocklebanks Building. Following the structural failure of parts of their buildings, for which the owners are responsible, the owners have been fully informed of their obligations. Further, had they acted earlier, as good stewards, to have their buildings structurally assessed and strengthened all that has passed since could have been avoided. All three buildings are located in District Plan listed townscape precincts. The Brocklebanks Building has a District Plan protected facade to King Edward St.

### ODT Online Tue, 8 May 2012
A ‘nightmare’ waiting to have collapsed buildings demolished
By Allison Rudd
The owners of two unstable 19th-century Dunedin buildings say they cannot believe how long it is taking to demolish them. Lincoln Darling, owner of the Barron Building in Rattray St, which partly collapsed in January last year, said yesterday he “didn’t realise there was so much red tape involved” in demolishing a building. Norma Brocklebank, co-owner of the Brocklebank Dry Cleaners building in King Edward St, South Dunedin, said yesterday waiting so long to demolish her building when its facade was ruled almost a year ago to be in immediate danger of collapsing and the building condemned had been a “nightmare”.

Mr Darling and Scenic Circle Hotel Group director Stuart McLauchlan said yesterday the demolition of their buildings was imminent. A contractor had been given the go-ahead to proceed and demolition could not happen soon enough, Mr McLauchlan said.

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Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

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5 responses to “Owners of neglected buildings

  1. Anonymous

    It’s a nightmare all right. We bought several buildings like this and oh look they have all fallen into disrepair.

    The article isn’t completely clear: why is McLauchlan involved?

    • Elizabeth

      Stuart McLauchlan is a director of the Scenic Circle Hotel Group, which owns the N. & E.S. Paterson building beside the Barron building. During this ‘nightmare’ McLauchlan has been speaking for his colleague Earl Hagaman.

      From the New Zealand Companies Office:

      SCENIC CIRCLE HOTELS (DUNEDIN) LIMITED
      Company number: 1165242
      Incorporation Date: 10 Oct 2001
      Company Status: Registered
      Entity type: NZ Limited Company

      Registered Office
      10 Coldstream Court, Fendalton, Christchurch, New Zealand

      Directors Showing 2 of 2 directors

      Earl Raymond HAGAMAN
      10 Coldstream Court, Ilam, Christchurch, 8041 , New Zealand

      Lianna-merie HAGAMAN
      10 Coldstream Court, Ilam, Christchurch, 8041 , New Zealand

      SCENIC CIRCLE HOTELS LIMITED
      previous names
      SCENIC CIRCLE CORPORATION LIMITED (13 Feb 1996)
      OTAGO DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION LIMITED (10 Nov 1986)

      Company number: 150894
      Incorporation Date: 13 Sep 1982
      Company Status: Registered
      Entity type: NZ Limited Company

      Registered Office
      10 Coldstream Court, Fendalton, Christchurch , New Zealand

      Directors Showing 5 of 5 directors

      Full legal name: Earl Raymond HAGAMAN
      Residential Address: 10 Coldstream Court, Christchurch, 8041 , New Zealand
      Appointment Date: 06 May 1991

      Full legal name: Lianna Merie HAGAMAN
      Residential Address: 10 Coldstream Court, Christchurch, 8041 , New Zealand
      Appointment Date: 01 Jun 1994

      Full legal name: Bruce Robertson IRVINE
      Residential Address: 167 Heaton Street, Strowan, Christchurch, 8052 , New Zealand
      Appointment Date: 20 Mar 2007

      Full legal name: Stuart James MCLAUCHLAN
      Residential Address: 3 Walsh Lane, Maori Hill, Dunedin, 9010 , New Zealand
      Appointment Date: 06 May 1991

      Full legal name: Brendan Joseph TAYLOR
      Residential Address: 94 Isaac Road, Rd 6, Rangiora, 7476 , New Zealand
      Appointment Date: 01 Jun 1994

  2. goblin

    The properties owned by Lincoln Darling are a plain case of demolition through dereliction to optimize the financial return on his investment. Sadly Dunedin has being gutted of its Victorian architecture by lawyers, accountants and property investors for short term financial gain, as for the King Edward St property there could be a case for demolition. You can strengthen a building as much as you want but if it’s built on bad/reclaimed land the property could be untenable.

    • Elizabeth

      More like which engineers you use (the investment theory being reinforced by the paid-for engineers at Rattray, whose view was contrary to that of one of the best earthquake strengthening engineers in Dunedin and New Zealand). Applies to both streets. Plus a hotel supposedly needed more carparks in the greater scheme of things, having not filled the one it created to High St. In South Dunedin, you might also think who are the family trust members and forget the ground conditions as an issue at that site.

      • Elizabeth

        Incidentally, according to people that worked on the building following the parapet collapse, the Barron building had one of the best heritage commercial interiors seen in a building of its type in Dunedin. The interior was designed by architect Owen E. MacFie – we’ll provide some more information on that one day soon. The basement of the building housed Speight’s first bottling plant. Not that anyone gave a damn.

        Some people prefer pigeons.

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