What goes around - Rotary Park School recycled for renters

Old school has a new meaning for a group of university students living in Ellis St, North Dunedin.

Ginny Wilson, Lucy Kitchin and Courtney Dempster live in Rotary Park House, a house which has been partly built using recycled materials from Rotary Park School.

Landlord Ross Whitburn said he was in ''the right place at the right time'' when he saw an advertisement for building materials from the school, which closed at the end of 2012.

After he visited property developer Pat Cummings, who bought the Rotary Park School site, Mr Whitburn bought the former school's roof, some doors, insulation and wiring.

He built the Ellis St house in 89 days, just in time for the students to move in last month.

The inside of the house shows some of its history, with bedroom and bathroom doors complete with labels such as MEN, PRINCIPAL and CARETAKER.

Mr Whitburn said he was pleased with the result and described the house as ''pretty awesome''.

The flatmates agreed.

Miss Wilson said the house was ''pretty cool''.

Mr Whitburn said the house and all its recycled materials had passed inspection by the Dunedin City Council.

- timothy.brown@odt.co.nz

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