A contractor demolishes a building on Tennyson St to make
room for Kavanagh College expansions. Photo by Nethaniel
The demolition of two large buildings in Tennyson St
yesterday signalled the beginning of a major expansion of
Kavanagh College in Dunedin.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Dunedin took advantage of a
rare opportunity to expand the college grounds by up to 25%,
by buying the neighbouring Otago Polytechnic grounds last
Kavanagh College principal Tracy O'Brien said the college was
situated on a small parcel of land between Rattray St and
Tennyson St, and the polytech grounds across Tennyson St were
bought in December last year mainly to give the school and
its 900 pupils some breathing space.
The area includes three buildings and a car park.
Two of the buildings were demolished yesterday to make way
for a green area to be used for recreation.
However, the building on the corner of Tennyson St and York
Pl would remain untouched because an application had been
made by the Historic Places Trust in Dunedin to make it a
category 2 historic building, he said.
It is believed to be of historic importance because it was
where prominent New Zealand artist Colin McCahon was trained.
The building would accommodate five new classrooms, he said.
It was also hoped an administration block and entrance way
could be created in Tennyson St where drivers could pick up
and drop off pupils with ease to avoid congestion in Rattray
St, he said.