Station repair funded

Central Otago District Council property and facilities officer Tara Bates  looks at  damage to...
Central Otago District Council property and facilities officer Tara Bates looks at damage to the Clyde Railway Station due to weather, since it was built in 1907. Photo by Leith Huffadine.
About $90,000 in repairs to the 107-year-old Clyde Railway Station are to start later this year.

Registrations of interest for the contract to repair the Heritage New Zealand category 2 building, beginning in September, are being accepted by the Central Otago District Council until the end of the week.

Work on the building follows a report prepared in late 2011 by a Queenstown-based heritage architect, which recommended urgent repairs to keep the building watertight.

Promote Dunstan president and Clyde Railway Station Steering Committee member Rory Butler, of Alexandra, said the committee was ''delighted'' the repairs were to go ahead.

The work would be funded using about $10,000 raised by the Clyde Railway Station Steering Committee and Promote Dunstan, assistance including $30,000 apiece from the Lotteries Commission and the Central Lakes Trust, and $20,000 donated by Promote Dunstan.

Council property and facilities officer Tara Bates said the work was needed.

''[The repairs are] something that the group has been working towards for a long time. The committee are pretty excited about getting this work completed and preserving the building.

''When we managed to acquire all the funding, that was a sense of achievement for the group.''

Repairs would be external, and focus on plumbing and damage caused by water, as well as repainting the structure in heritage colours and earthquake-stabilising the chimney.

''It's based on what was recommended in the conservation plan. We don't want to change all the historic fabric of the building.''

In a document outlining registrations of interest, work was described as requiring a ''repair rather than replace'' philosophy, and was to be carried out using materials which matched or complemented the original.

A schedule of the required repair work had been prepared, including policies to protect the historic significance of the building.

Work was expected to take about eight weeks.

''We have asked for builders that have experience with historic buildings and are qualified in their trade,'' Ms Bates said.

Mr Butler said the repairs were the first of three phases in returning the building to operation since Promote Dunstan had become involved in looking after the station ''several years'' ago.

The second phase would involve making the station habitable by installing toilets, running water and power.

Finally, the third phase would be finding tenants to occupy the premises.

Costs for making the building habitable had not been investigated yet, he said.

Ms Bates said tenants were likely to be a mix of commercial and community groups, but uses would be determined by the Resource Management Act and the Reserves Act.

By yesterday, three inquiries had been made about the contract, but no registrations of interest had been received, she said.

Registrations of interest close on Friday, July 18, at 4pm, and the contract is expected to be awarded in August.

leith.huffadine@odt.co.nz

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