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.