Railway station renovation planned

Buses  parked along the front of the railway station. Photo: Gerard O'Brien
Dunedin Railway Station. Photo: Gerard O'Brien
The Dunedin City Council is set to embark on a years-long journey of restoring the Dunedin Railway Station "as close as we can to a new state".

Council property services programme manager Andy Syme yesterday confirmed a request for tenders on the Government Electronic Tender Service "involves repairs to the exterior of the 114-year-old building".

"This includes repairs to parts of the roof, exterior walls, ornate fixtures and stonework," he said in an emailed response from the council.

The "stage 1" Railway Station Remedial Works tender closes on June 23.

The council could not provide a budget for the work as the tender process was under way, he said.

The request for tenders notice states subsequent stages 2 and 3 were planned for the "next couple of years" and would be tendered separately.

"The exterior of the railway station, with many of its ornate features are in need of repairs, restoring this building as close as we can to a new state," the notice reads.

The contract value is not specified and the notice states responses should be "separated by price and non-price components".

Mr Syme said the project was likely to happen in three stages.

"Different areas of the building will be repaired at each stage but the repair work will be the same across the building," he said.

"We hope the first stage of work will begin in a few months. This building requires specialist work, so it's likely to take some time and it may be a few years before all the repairs are completed."


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Does restoring 'as close as we can to a new state" include having trains to catch?

With this councils inate ability to mess projects up, I would prefer they were trying to restore the station to an As New state, not "as close as we can to a new state".

Who knows what this mob call a new state, pink edgings and polka dots maybe. After all just black and white must be too masculine or racist or some other dumb interpretation. Maybe too respresentative of colonial Britain.

A great opportunity for the DCC to “buy local”… watch this space!

I hope they are going to put those lovely blue and red bubbles on the platform!

This is not the time to embark on unnecessary projects. Is the building weathertight? Is the damage, if left unmended, going to deteriorate further in the next 3 years or will it merely spend the next 3 years looking a bit shabby?
Repairs to prevent steady deterioration, necessitating more expensive and extensive work later, is prudent. Titivating can wait. After the deliberate uglification of George Street and the Octagon, shabby will be welcomed by the majority of Dunedin's population, compared with tackiness.

Surely this could be financed through the Government fund but this is one Dunedin's main attractions I've worked in this building back in the 70's and when I brought my brother's family down last year the first thing their kids wanted to do was see the station even though they had never been in Dunedin before the station and all the old buildings they were just amazed just about anything old in Auckland has long gone.

I wouldn't trust this council to paint a fence.

Not convinced of the competence of this council to renovate anything. Is there any point in renovating the building if there will be no trains.
Ideally. renovate and reinstate the trains but that is likely to be too complicated for DCC.

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