Build­ing 5 de­ci­sion due

Central Leader - - News - By Scott Mor­gan

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.

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