Quake-hit Officers' Club to be auctioned

Last updated 10:12 09/07/2014
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POST-WAR: The Canterbury Officers' Club in Gloucester St.

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It may be in the middle of a rebuild zone, but Christchurch's old Canterbury Officers' Club building looks likely to stay.

The club building, which is in Gloucester St and dates from the 1950s, has earthquake damage and the club members are now using the Canterbury Club instead.

They have put their building up for sale in as-is condition after taking an insurance payout. It will be auctioned on Friday.

The two-storey concrete building has brick inserts in the facade and original timber features inside.

It is between the Christchurch Art Gallery and the CoCA gallery buildings, and shares a block with the newly-opened Anderson Lloyd House and Deloitte House which is due to open in about six months.

Marketing agents NAI Harcourts warn the building contains some asbestos, and says would-be buyers will have to "make decisions on repair or development strategies based on their own independent enquiries and purposes".

Howard Buchanan of NAI Harcourts, says they have had a lot of interest in the building, both from developers and owner-occupiers in need of new premises.

Buchanan describes the location as prime because of its proximity to major office buildings, either completed or under construction.

While other buildings on the block have been demolished for rebuilds, he believes the Officers' Club building will likely be kept. It is suitable for renovation or extension, he says.

Possible uses suggested for the building include retailing, hospitality, offices, or a mix of shops and offices.

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