Otago Daily Times

Facelift for rail­way sta­tion to be­gin at northern end

- STAFF REPORTER

DUNEDIN’S Rail­way Sta­tion is about to get a ma­jor touch­up.

A mil­lion­dol­lar up­grade to its ex­te­rior be­gins next week and will in­clude re­pairs to the roof, walls, fix­tures and stonework.

Dunedin City Council prop­erty ser­vices group manager Dave Bain­bridge­Za­far said while the 114­year­old rail­way sta­tion, listed as a Cat­e­gory 1 His­toric Place, had been main­tained over the years, the ex­te­rior needed sig­nif­i­cant work due to its age and as­so­ci­ated de­te­ri­o­ra­tion.

Due to the size of the build­ing and be­cause re­pairs re­quire spe­cial­ist work, it would be un­der­taken in three stages, he said.

‘‘Work in­cludes wa­ter­proof­ing, re­pairs to parts of the roof, ex­te­rior walls, or­nate fix­tures and stonework.

‘‘While this work is hap­pen­ing, that part of the build­ing will be cov­ered by scaf­fold­ing and a tent cov­er­ing the roof to pro­tect it from the el­e­ments.’’

The first stage of re­pairs, at the northern end of the build­ing, were ex­pected to be com­pleted in the mid­dle of next year.

The cost was likely to be about $1 mil­lion for the first stage, with a ten­der for stage one awarded to Nay­lor Love, Mr Bain­bridge­Za­far said.

‘‘We are not yet able to di­vulge the to­tal project bud­get or ex­act time­frames, as ten­ders for stages two and three are yet to be fi­nalised.

The work would have some im­pact on the Otago Farm­ers Mar­ket, but the council was work­ing with or­gan­is­ers to min­imise it, he said.

Af­ter re­pairs were com­pleted, it would be 30 years be­fore sig­nif­i­cant main­te­nance work was re­quired again, al­though mi­nor main­te­nance would still be needed at times.

 ?? PHOTO: GER­ARD O’BRIEN ?? Restora­tion sta­tion . . . The ex­te­rior of the northern end of Dunedin Rail­way Sta­tion is set to be re­stored.
PHOTO: GER­ARD O’BRIEN Restora­tion sta­tion . . . The ex­te­rior of the northern end of Dunedin Rail­way Sta­tion is set to be re­stored.

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