The historic Reed Building in central Dunedin, is up for
sale. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
Having too much work on his plate has prompted Lawrie
Forbes to reluctantly put the historic Reed Building in Dunedin
on the market.
However, Mr Forbes is confident the work he has put into the
building, since taking ownership in August 2012, has saved it
from being demolished.
''We've won the battle, but not the war,'' Mr Forbes said.
The decision to sell the building, at the corner of Jetty and
Crawford Sts, came after he took on a project to redevelop
and earthquake-strengthen 76 Vogel St, which used to house
John McIndoe's printing company founded in 1893.
He was also working on the Athenaeum and other projects.
''I don't really want to sell it [the Reed building]. The
bottom line is, I have too much on the go,'' he said.
The building would not be sold to just ''anyone''. He wanted
to pass it on to someone who had the resources to give it
their full attention.
''Whoever is going to buy it, we want to work with them.''
Further remedial work would be completed before the building
was sold, so the new owner would not be faced with any major
The Reed Building is so named because it was the headquarters
of what is now called Reed Publishing, from 1925-40, when A.
H. Reed closed the branch and retired.