The entrance to Dunedin's Golden Centre, in George St.
Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
A multimillion-dollar refurbishment of Dunedin's Golden
Centre should also resolve a dispute with the Dunedin City
Council over an incomplete walkway linking the centre and the
city's new Wall Street mall.
Golden Centre manager Simon Eddy yesterday confirmed plans to
invest more than $5 million in the centre's refurbishment,
including a new raised roof, glass atrium "meeting place",
new floor and refurbished food court.
"We are essentially renovating the centre from top to bottom
- very little stays the same."
Mr Eddy said he was also in "very late discussions" with
prospective new tenants for the centre, and was in Auckland
yesterday to have the plans approved finally by an architect.
Work was expected to begin in "two to three weeks" and be
largely complete by early November, he said. The food court
refurbishment would be delayed until after Christmas to avoid
a clash with holiday trading.
The first stage of the upgrade would include construction of
the Golden Centre side of the walkway linking the centre and
Wall Street, Mr Eddy said.
That followed comments by Wall Street project manager Dave
McKenzie, who yesterday suggested Golden Centre
representatives had reneged on a deal to complete their side
of the walkway in time for this weekend's full Wall Street
The walkway was designed to allow shoppers to stroll between
the Wall Street, Golden Centre and the Meridian malls -
bordered by St Andrew and Hanover Sts - while remaining under
Mr McKenzie said he believed an agreement had been signed
with the Golden Centre "18 months to two years ago" for both
sides to complete their own sides of the walkway link.
The Wall Street side had since been completed, but the Golden
Centre side was not yet finished, he said.
"You would have to ask them [Golden Centre] why they haven't
done it. To be frank, we're pretty gutted about it," he said.
"We have done our bit - we have met our obligations under the
However, Mr Eddy denied the claims when contacted yesterday,
saying he could "categorically guarantee" there was no formal
agreement to open the walkway and Wall Street together.
The aim had been to complete the Golden Centre side of the
walkway as close to Wall Street's opening date as possible,
but the priority was to ensure the centre's refurbishment
plans were finalised, Mr Eddy said.
With those plans only now being finalised, the walkway was
likely to be finished "two or three months" after the
refurbishment work began next month, he said.
He believed the timeline should have been "obvious" to
council staff from regular meetings held to discuss
develop-ment of the Golden Centre.
"At no point have we made an undertaking to open it on the
[Wall Street] opening day," he said.
However, DCC city property manager Robert Clark disagreed,
saying there was "definitely" an agreement between the
council and Golden Centre "to open the link between the two
"I guess it's inherent in the agreement that there's a date
in there, but a date couldn't be put in there in reality
because when that agreement was signed two years ago . . . we
wouldn't have had a completion date.
"The undertaking was to open the link. It's really how you
want to read that," he said.