The Southern District Health Board is seeking resource
consent to demolish two category 1 historic listed buildings
at Southland Hospital.
In 2011, the board called for a third party to come forward
to save the old nurses' home, and the old administration
block, which were deemed structurally unsound.
Board facilities and site development manager Warren Taylor,
through a spokeswoman, said only one party, the University of
Otago, showed any interest, which was withdrawn in late 2011
because of the cost of strengthening work. Now, the board was
undertaking an updated structural assessment in order to gain
Demolition would hopefully be this year, he said.
The fate of two Dunedin buildings, 257 High St (Hulme House),
and 9 Union St, had yet to be decided. They were both
evacuated last year because of structural issues.
New Zealand Historic Places Trust Otago Southland area
manager Owen Graham said the trust would oppose the
demolitions, as it did for all category 1 buildings.