Demolition consent sought

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Warren Taylor, through a spokeswoman, said only one party, the University of Otago, showed any interest, which was withdrawn in late 2011 because of the cost of strengthening work.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 resource consent.

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.