Dunedin’s existing building stock

Standard Building Before (Hazelton)1Standard Building Before

Standard Building March 2013 (Hazelton)1Standard Building March 2013 (Images: Glen Hazelton)

Email received.

—– Original Message —–
From: Glen Hazelton
To: City Planning ; EMT (Executive Management Team) ; Council 2010-2013 (Elected Members)
Sent: Tuesday, April 02, 2013 6:59 AM
Subject: Standard Building Update

Hi there everyone

For those of you who have not noticed this already – the scaffolding is down on the former Canton/Standard Building in Princes St. Externally, only the ground floor work to go now – inside is also starting to look just as amazing. See the before and after to see just how much you can transform a building perceived a few years back as having little value by many.

This work is a testament to the tenacity and passion of the owner (Ted Daniels) and also the skill and craftsmanship of Daniel Pollard, who unfortunately passed away without seeing the finished project. The project has also been proudly supported by the Dunedin Heritage Fund and DCC Heritage Rates Relief. A great example of just what can be achieved in our city when people put their minds to it.


Glen Hazelton
Policy Planner (Heritage), City Planning
Dunedin City Council


### ODT Online Tue, 2 Apr 2013
Buildings may be abandoned
By Simon Hartley
Spiralling earthquake-proofing costs could leave some Dunedin commercial property owners owing more on investments than the properties are worth. This raises the possibility buildings could be abandoned, that being the way to lose the least amount of money, a commercial property consultant says.

Dunedin has the third-largest concentration of pre-1976 buildings, about 3900, behind Auckland’s 19,050 and Christchurch’s 5000, according to Quotable Value and local body data collated in a consultation paper by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Dunedin last year had about 160,000sq m of office space, of which ”at least 10%” will be deemed earthquake-prone, Colliers International national director of research and consulting Alan McMahon said when contacted.

Dunedin City Council policy planner for heritage, Glen Hazelton, said 138 building owners had provided assessments. About 58 were less than 33% compliant and required upgrading. More assessments are expected when owners change use. Upgrades are expected at that time.

One [Dunedin] building owner, who did not want to be identified, said while the council had written to many building owners, many had not yet responded, as the deadline is July next year. Another source said far more assessments had been carried out than reported to the council and it was ”likely they don’t want the assessment put on public record just yet”.
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6 responses to “Dunedin’s existing building stock

  1. The number of pre-1976 commercial buildings in Dunedin (3900) requiring structural strengthening as cited by MoBIE is unlikely to be an accurate number.

  2. Peter

    A fantastic effort by all those involved. A welcome relief from the 28 storey hotel craziness and the cowboys involved with THAT project.

  3. Pedant

    Beautiful work from all involved. Our past is our future.

  4. chirpbird

    Buildings as works of art which people can also use. Uniquely Dunedin.

  5. Hype O'Thermia

    “…Lots of available space in the city has meant inexpensive rent, which – combined with the amazing lifestyle Dunedin offers with its fantastic old homes, beautiful beaches and access to wilderness – has attracted many artists to settle permanently.
    The weather may be touch and go but, like another inclement coastal city, Seattle, Dunedin is forging an identity as a place of creativity and innovation, and in many respects its heritage architecture is driving that….”

  6. Hype O'Thermia

    From the same article, “As well as being a backdrop for iD Fashion Week events, every week the station hosts a fabulous farmers’ market for quality Otago produce. (The bacon butties are students’ and locals’ favourite hangover cure.) With immaculate gardens out the front, the station can be seen from various points in the city and is the heart of Dunedin.” Imagine how the view would be enhanced by a f’nurkling huge glassy excrescence a.k.a. 5-star gift to the city dominating the background.

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