NZ Urban Development news from the media | 1 February 2023 | Dunedin City Council mulls $130k campaign to fight against downgraded hospital plans


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Dunedin City Council mulls $130k campaign to fight against downgraded hospital plans

The Dunedin City Council will consider paying up to $130,400 to fight changes to the city's new hospital that would see fewer beds, operating theatres and MRI units available when it opens.

Last month, the government announced an additional $110 million after project costs ballooned by $200m, with the remaining $90m shortfall being met through design changes.

When it opens there will be 398 beds, not 410 as first planned, 26 operating theatres instead of 28 and two MRI units instead of three.

Go-ahead given for $30m building on quake-hit Excelsior site

One of the high-profile central Christchurch sites still vacant after the earthquakes will be redeveloped after a $30 million building project was given the go-ahead.

The property, at the corner of High, Manchester and Lichfield streets, was home to the heritage Excelsior Hotel until its demolition in 2011.

At the time of the quakes it held a backpacker hostel and bar. Attempts since then to build on the land have foundered.

A company owned by construction boss Anthony Leighs now owns the land and will put up a four-storey office, retail and hospitality building.

New offices, rooftop bar for heritage building

The owners of one Christchurch’s “dirty 30” heritage buildings behind barriers since the earthquakes have revealed their renovation plans.

The art deco style office block, at 116 Worcester St by Tramway Lane, is due to reopen in 2024 with a restored facade, six floors of offices and hospitality outlets at street level. A new top storey will be added with a rooftop bar.

The building's interior is being cleared out now in preparation for strengthening and restoration. In the meantime it remains behind shipping containers with broken windows and a graffitied exterior.

The concrete building dates from in the 1930s, when it was built as government insurance offices. An extension was added to the southern end in the 1970.

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