A graphic representation of John Wickliffe House released
by the Plaza Property Trust. Images supplied.
The owners of John Wickliffe House say no final decision
has been made on colours for a proposed paint job for the
That follows a noticeable difference between colours in a
graphic released by the Plaza Property Trust to the Otago
Daily Times, and those in a resource consent application.
The consent application shows a much darker colour for the
building than the light grey and black paint in the released
The application to paint over precast aggregate concrete
panels on the front of the 1970s-era John Wickliffe House in
Dunedin's Exchange drew opposition from heritage conservation
The company needed Dunedin City Council consent to repair and
paint the building, because it was in a protected townscape
The work was a restricted discretionary activity and the
building's design, appearance and cladding had to be
considered when changes were made.
At the heart of the issue was a plan to paint the panels,
which are covered with exposed and polished West Coast
Another included in the company's resource consent
Opponents of the plan have argued the panels contributed
to the building's visual integrity.
Asked about the difference between the colours in the
released graphic, and the graphic in the resource consent,
John Wickliffe House owners' representative Tony Offen said
the consent was ''about whether any of the building exterior
can be painted at all''.
''I would be delighted if it was only about the colour.''
There were ''a number of colour options'' considered and, if
painting became an option, the most appropriate colour, or
colours, would be decided ''in consultation with DCC''.
A hearing on the issue will be held on August 15.