Building 5 decision due
THE outcome of a two-year battle to save an unused hospital building lies in the hands of the Auckland City Council.
Three independent commissioners have recommended that the council grant century-old Building 5 at the Greenlane Clinical Centre heritage protection following a hearing in February.
Councillors will decide at a meeting tomorrow night whether to accept the commissioners’ recommendations or approve the Auckland District Health Board’s plan to demolish it.
The board wants to demolish the building to make more space to expand hospi- tal services at the Greenlane site.
However the commissioners’ report says any restrictions on using the building for surgery or other medical activity because of its size and age are planning and design issues rather than a heritage issue.
Confusion over the heritage status of Building 5 first began in 2007, when council officers gave it a heritage score of 53 points, just above the 50 points needed for category B protection.
But two subsequent reports awarded it scores of 49 and 51 because of uncertainty about when it was constructed.
Several dates, including 1906 and 1917, were raised as possible years when construction took place. Older buildings get more points.
The commissioners’ report states they believe Building 5 was built before 1917.
The Historic Places Trust and heritage consultant Allan Matson presented evidence to the commissioners, suggesting the building was worth 91 or 65 points.