Air Force barracks go
A developer has been given permission by Auckland Council to demolish the final four ex-Air Force barracks at Hobsonville Point.
Homes Land Community (HLC) communicated the message to residents via the Hobsonville Point Residents Society (HPRS) on October 2.
The four double-storeyed barracks will be replaced by the Launch Bay precinct containing around 300 homes.
HLC chief executive Chris Aiken said temporary buildings, such as the barracks, which were built for a shorter life span, have proven difficult to retain primarily because of the materials and products used.
They contain asbestos and lead throughout, common construction products when the barracks were built in the 1930s.
‘‘You’re not just talking about pulling the building apart, you’re talking about pretty much every single part of the building coming down or off,’’ Aiken said.
‘‘The cost in this one exceeded the cost of replacing it, so it doesn’t make any sense.’’
He said the net cost to replace the buildings was equivalent to around 30 affordable homes. Even so, it was a ‘‘hard call’’.
The buildings had also been used most recently for training purposes, meaning the interiors were in poor condition.
Aiken said all important heritage buildings have been retained, such as the hangars at Catalina Bay, the cafe, hall and headquarters building.
Materials able to be salvaged from the barracks will be recycled.
The new waterside precinct stretches between Jimmy’s Point, Catalina Bay and the hangar on Launch Rd, and will have the Marlborough Oval as the focal point - which will be retained as a council reserve.
Four former officers’ houses have been kept and will be on the market in 2018.
There were originally four sets of barracks, most of these were single-storey, and assigned to single airmen and trainees.
According to the Air Force Museum Of New Zealand, original plans for the barracks were dated 1934.
The developer, Marlborough Precinct Holdings Ltd, will begin civil works in October.
Demolishment of the barracks will take around a month.
Hobsonville Point will have eventually have 4,500 homes.
The barracks were built in the 1930s and are the last of the set to be demolished.