Fate of historical hospital buildings on hold
The Invercargill City Council has adjourned its decision concerning the demolition of two Southland Hospital buildings.
Southern District Health Board facilities and site development manager Warren Taylor said the board was working through the consent process with the council.
"A resource consent hearing was held [this month], followed by a site visit by members of the panel. We are now awaiting the outcome of the process," he said.
Council environmental and planning services director Pamela Gare said she was unsure when the decision would be made.
The health board wants to replace the old administration block and nurses' home on the Kew Rd site with a new centre that will house hospital administration staff and clinical education services.
The old buildings date back to the 1930s and are historically significant to New Zealand.
The Historic Places Trust described the collection of buildings as "the most intact group of hospital buildings dating from the first half of the 20th century".
The trust said there were some individual hospital buildings of considerable age still existing in other parts of the country, but none matched the collective value and coherence of those at Southland Hospital.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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