Her­itage gatehouse could be on the move in SA first

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A $61 MILLION upgrade of a no­to­ri­ous in­ter­sec­tion could in­volve the state’s first re­lo­ca­tion of a his­toric build­ing, says a critic of the road project.

The State Govern­ment says it is look­ing at “all pos­si­ble op­tions” to re­tain Ur­rbrae gatehouse af­ter sig­nif­i­cant com­mu­nity con­cern was ex­pressed over the pro­posed upgrade of the Fullar­ton and Cross roads in­ter­sec­tion.

Netherby res­i­dent Joanna Wells, who has gath­ered al­most 5000 sig­na­tures on a pe­ti­tion to save the gatehouse, said mov­ing the build­ing would be “bet­ter than noth­ing”.

“I’ve been told this (re­lo­ca­tion) is a se­ri­ous op­tion but it’s hard to see where they could move it and not lose more trees,” she said.

“The gatehouse is not just about bricks and mor­tar, it’s about the sig­nif­i­cance as the en­trance to a great es­tate.”

The Ad­ver­tiser un­der­stands one op­tion is to move the gatehouse, part of the Waite es­tate be­queathed to Ade­laide University, closer to Ur­rbrae House. Ms Wells, who is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the le­gal op­tions to save the gatehouse and a num­ber of sig­nif­i­cant trees in the area, said she had con­tacted the university and did not get the im­pres­sion “they were keen to save the build­ing”.

The com­pli­cated op­er­a­tion to move an en­tire stone and brick build­ing would be the first of its kind in the state.

The Ad­ver­tiser un­der­stands Mead­ows-based Mam­moth Movers, a com­pany that spe­cialises in mov­ing build­ings, has been con­tacted about the costs and lo­gis­tics of an op­er­a­tion.

Mam­moth Movers’ prin­ci­pal Matthew Man­i­fold re­ferred The Ad­ver­tiser to the Depart­ment of Plan­ning, Trans­port and In­fra­struc­ture for spe­cific ques­tions on mov­ing the gatehouse but con­firmed his com­pany was pos­si­bly the only one in Aus­tralia that could un­der­take the work.

Mr Man­i­fold said Ur­rbrae gatehouse was a sim­i­lar size to the 300-tonne her­itage Hornsby rail­way sig­nal box that his com­pany re­lo­cated in NSW but each job “had its own par­tic­u­lar com­pli­ca­tions”.

A DPTI spokesman did not con­firm re­lo­ca­tion of the gatehouse was un­der con­sid­er­a­tion but said the depart­ment was lis­ten­ing to the com­mu­nity while fi­nal­is­ing plans for the in­ter­sec­tion upgrade.

“We have heard the level of com­mu­nity con­cern about the re­ten­tion of her­itage in the area, par­tic­u­larly in re­la­tion to the state her­itage listed Waite Ar­bore­tum and Ur­rbrae House Gatehouse (or Lodge),” a state­ment said.

A fi­nal in­ter­sec­tion de­sign is ex­pected by “mid-2020”. The in­ter­sec­tion is also the scene of the col­li­sion that killed se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer Joanne Shana­han and Ta­nia McNeill on April 25.

Pic­ture: TRI­CIA WATKINSON

HER­ITAGE: The gatehouse at Ur­rbrae, which might be moved.

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