Uglies: Black-tie at 715 George

Habitable rooms, 715 George St cnr Regent Rd blot 1715 George St, corner Regent Rd, Dunedin

█ Clan Construction Commercial Ltd
http://www.companies.govt.nz/co/4013678

### ODT Online Thu, 10 Dec 2015
Student apartments going up
Construction has begun on six new student apartments at the corner of George St and Regent Rd, Dunedin. The 962sq m triangular-shaped site is owned by Straits International Ltd, and was the site of a service station for about 80 years. The Dunedin City Council has given resource consent for the company to construct four residential units in a two-storey building (block 1) and two residential units in a three-storey building (block 2), thereby creating 22 habitable rooms. Construction is expected to be completed next year.
ODT Link

Comments at ODT Online:

Student apartments
Submitted by Barnaby on Thu, 10/12/2015 – 6:35pm.

No! This was not a service station site for 80 years. There was a beautiful two-storey substantial brick heritage house on this site until about the 1970s. This is just another step in the incremental loss of North End heritage. This shows very poor planning from DCC, making this part of town, and the main street in this case, an ever expanding precinct of badly designed cheaply built high density housing. These will add to the stock of other similar structures forming “North Dunedin’s slums of the future”. Ratepayers’ will probably end up funding the future purchase of such cheap accomodation to mitigate associated social problems and the appalling visual amenity. Very poor city planning indeed.

Habitable room disasters
Submitted by ej kerr on Fri, 11/12/2015 – 12:43pm.

Prominent George St corner sites are being trashed by the banal. More habitable rooms – No emphasis on good contemporary design, no flair.
This one’s built right to the footpath on the main street, with little modulation and no hint of garden or vertical planting possible, except something to the corner part-screened by the witless bus shelter shoved on its concrete pad.
Given the rich inheritance, where has Dunedin street architecture gone? Where are the design professions? Why so much visual erosion? Where is the NZ Institute of Architects? Why no City Architect Office and independent Urban Design Panel to uphold design values for Dunedin residents and ratepayers?
Ugh! DCC planning fail. DCC urban design fail. DCC district plan fail. When will DCC grow up – to promote sympathetic edgy contemporary architecture and design for major city axials, at the very least. A step up from turning Dunedin into bog city with tawdry gateway approaches.

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3 responses to “Uglies: Black-tie at 715 George

  1. Diane Yeldon

    Not on topic but full Council meeting tomorrow. On the Agenda: Procurement Policy. (VERY important! Especially oversight of contracted services – eg mudtank cleaning! AND oversight of in-house services. If there had been independent oversight of Citifleet, fraud would have been much more difficult.)
    Also Keeping of Animals and Birds draft By-law (excludes dogs). The second is important to me because I suspect Dunedin does not require chickens and other farm stock kept in residential areas to be housed, as long as they are contained on the property. There this MYTH that roosters are noisy and hens are quiet. Hens are not quiet – when they lay an egg they make a loud cackle of triumph. Also if they get into your garden, they will totally wreck it scraping away with their big feet. I am concerned that our ‘sustainability-aware’ council, with its concerns about food security might think that chickens all over the place are a Good Thing and have little idea of the practicalities – have kept chickens and they are all very well in their place but NOT other people’s in my garden or cackling away at 5.00 am under my bedroom window.
    Sorry if you have already posted about this meeting, Elizabeth. Is extremely busy time of the year for me. Seasons greetings!

  2. At first, I thought the ‘Straits’ involved were the Singapore and Straits Times. No such luck. The Straits are Cambodian. They do everything: Straits buildings, student accommodation, Straits Money, How to Be Strait and Learn, et al.

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