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Another outrage of trite ill-informed force of change: Maltexo, Ward St

Another horny tale. Yes, the complete failure of a developer to carry out ANY heritage building assessment for the industrial site that would have told him which valuable components to retain on site, for good stewardship of the Dunedin harbourside’s architectural character and integrity.

The developer says he has spoken to architects – he might have. The question is which ones – no architects currently working out of Dunedin have the professional accreditation necessary to offer a heritage assessment or building conservation advice – plenty of the local boys need work.

The Maltexo sign, while iconic, is paint on a simple brick wall of a simple shed (a simple feature to retain and keep maintained in situ if desired); however, it is NOT the most valuable architectural historical component to be retained on site – the frontage of the gabled building immedately south of the sign on Ward St, is.

To a lesser extent, a small number of brick sheds to the rear of the site, in fair to reasonable condition, could have been architecturally integrated into any new industrial complex.

Mr Barnes can file his comments where the sun doesn’t shine.

“Key to the industrial area is revitalising these sites … This is a cornerstone, modern, highly visible site which is what businesses are looking for.” –Chris Barnes, developer

### ODT Online Mon, 25 Apr 2011
$2 million business park by end of the year
By Simon Hartley
A $2 million business park is due to be completed in Dunedin by the end of the year. It will be built on land now occupied by the former Maltexo factory, which is scheduled for demolition. Last November, Dunedin property investor Chris Barnes bought the lessee’s interest in the site, on the corner of Ward and Halsey Sts, with the deal to be closed on completion of demolition; scheduled by June 30.
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Don’t you love a man of largesse. We should be pleased?
Lest we forget, thanks too, to Port Otago Limited and its subsidiary Chalmers Properties’ current property manager.

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Good-bye to MALTEXO, Ward Street – Dunedin Harbourside

Dunedin City Council granted consent to demolish the old Maltexo factory buildings in Ward Street last year. The application was made and granted in November 2010.
There is no District Plan protection on the buildings. The buildings are not in a District Plan listed heritage or townscape precinct.
Doug Hall via his company Anzide Properties Ltd is the owner of the historic property. Mr Hall is well within his rights to pull the buildings down.
Demolition has begun.

Image ©2010 David Murray

About Maltexo http://www.maltexo.co.nz/about.htm
Maltexo history http://www.maltexo.co.nz/history.htm

In 2002 Dunedin City Council asked me to survey the wider harbourside for significant heritage items, I asked Michael Findlay along to help.
Maltexo was on the resulting list we provided to DCC’s then General Manager of Strategy and Development, New Zealand Historic Places Trust, Chalmers Property Ltd, Octa Associates and the three urban designers (one a former urban design lecturer of mine) that CPL had brought in on a limited competition basis to produce ideas for the harbourside redevelopment, way before the (troublesome) proposed Dunedin Harbourside plan change got wheels, er prior to them falling off…
So thanks DCC, thanks a bunch. Thanks too for not discussing the application across your departments.

█ Did we learn anything, people.

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*Images: Maltexo (2002) – B/W’s by EJ Kerr scanned from copy documents

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