Old Caledonian Hall for sale

Last updated 15:38 09/07/2014
Caledonian Hall

FOR SALE: Caledonian Hall on Kilmore St.

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Canterbury's Caledonian Society is putting the cleared site of its old Caledonian Hall up for sale.

The 2000-square-metre property is on Kilmore St in central Christchurch, immediately next door to the new Forte Health building opened in February.

In 1923 the Caledonian Society built the hall as a venue for Scottish cultural activities such as pipe band music and highland dancing.

After being damaged in the 2010 earthquake it was repaired, but the 2011 quakes hit it harder and it was later demolished.

Activities of the society's 500 members, including its champion pipe band, now take place at venues across Christchurch while they make plans for new premises.

Society president Scott Mitchell said while they were selling the site, they were on the lookout for a new venue.

"Most of our funds are tied up in this site. For us to move on, we need to release some money so that we can use it to refurbish another building that we buy."

Mitchell said the loss of the old hall was upsetting for older members especially, and having their activities under a common roof again was important.

Sales agent Dick Thomas, of Colliers International, said the land being sold had a central city mixed use zoning and could accommodate two new buildings.

He said activity in the area, including the Town Hall repairs and commercial and residential rebuilds, made the property an "absolutely fantastic site".

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