Anne Gibson

Property editor of the NZ Herald

Court verdict on links to past shocks society

North Sails Buidling. Photo / Chris Gorman
North Sails Buidling. Photo / Chris Gorman

An Art Deco Society chief is shocked at an Environment Court ruling over remnants of the industrial origins of Wynyard Quarter, which she says can now be demolished without notice.

Dorothy McHattie, the society's lead person in the court case, said five significant industrial buildings could be removed without consent.

"It's a tragedy. Here people are finally going to Wynyard Quarter now and enjoying this area with its links to the city's history. Yet these buildings are a tiny part of our heritage and link with the past."

The oldest of the buildings is the 1920s Smart Marine, and the others were built as the harbour was reclaimed.

Viaduct Harbour Holdings owns the land under the buildings but Viaduct Harbour Management and Tramco Holdings also opposed the appeal brought by the society in the case heard in September by Judge Laurie Newhook with commissioners Ross Dunlop and David Kernohan.

Two of the five buildings are owned by the Waterfront Development Agency, owned by Auckland Council.

NO PROTECTION

* Southern Spars Building on Pakenham St West.
* North Sails Building (above) on Pakenham St West.
* Gloss Boats, also known as the former Bailey shipyard and Devonport Ferry Building on Beaumont St.
* HQ Building, also known as the former Chas Bailey Shipyard, corner Beaumont St and Westhaven Drive.
* Smart Marine on the corner Beaumont St and Gaunt St.

- NZ Herald

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